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Highway Statistics 2015


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Annual Vehicle Distance Traveled in Miles and Related Data - 2015 (1)
   by Highway Category and Vehicle Type

January 2017
Table VM-1

YEAR ITEM LIGHT DUTY
VEHICLES
SHORT WB 2/
MOTOR-
CYCLES
BUSES 6/ LIGHT DUTY
VEHICLES
LONG WB 2/
SINGLE-UNIT
TRUCKS 3/
COMBINATION
TRUCKS
SUBTOTALS ALL
MOTOR
VEHICLES
ALL
LIGHT DUTY
VEHICLES 2/
SINGLE-UNIT
2-AXLE 6-TIRE
OR MORE AND
COMBINATION
TRUCKS
  Motor-Vehicle Travel: (millions of vehicle-miles)
2015 Interstate Rural 133,747 1,185 1,643 42,100 9,623 47,468 175,847 57,091 235,766
2014 130,679 1,114 1,533 42,020 9,255 46,770 172,699 56,026 231,372
2015 Other Arterial Rural 221,643 2,710 1,966 86,304 16,171 28,636 307,948 44,807 357,431
2014 217,799 2,681 2,022 86,993 16,330 29,295 304,792 45,625 355,119
2015 Other Rural 212,993 2,790 2,002 88,206 16,174 13,543 301,199 29,717 335,708
2014 210,090 2,953 1,986 88,936 17,076 13,395 299,027 30,471 334,436
2015 All Rural 568,383 6,685 5,611 216,610 41,967 89,648 784,993 131,615 928,905
2014 558,569 6,748 5,540 217,949 42,661 89,461 776,517 132,122 920,928
2015 Interstate Urban 383,245 2,530 2,521 94,124 17,540 41,227 477,369 58,767 541,186
2014 364,071 2,422 2,373 93,591 16,498 40,889 457,661 57,387 519,843
2015 Other Urban 1,196,213 10,391 8,098 321,118 50,089 39,372 1,517,331 89,461 1,625,282
2014 1,149,432 10,800 8,085 326,945 50,143 39,480 1,476,377 89,623 1,584,885
2015 All Urban 1,579,458 12,921 10,619 415,242 67,630 80,599 1,994,700 148,228 2,166,468
2014 1,513,503 13,221 10,458 420,536 66,641 80,369 1,934,038 147,010 2,104,728
2015 Total Rural and Urban 5/ 2,147,840 19,606 16,230 631,852 109,597 170,246 2,779,693 279,844 3,095,373
2014 2,072,071 19,970 15,999 638,484 109,301 169,830 2,710,556 279,132 3,025,656
2015 Number of motor vehicles registered 2/ 189,618,308 8,600,936 888,907 53,298,884 8,456,302 2,746,882 242,917,192 11,203,184 263,610,219
2014 187,554,928 8,417,718 872,027 52,600,309 8,328,759 2,577,197 240,155,238 10,905,956 260,350,938
2015 Average miles traveled per vehicle 11,327 2,280 18,258 11,855 12,960 61,978 11,443 24,979 11,742
2014 11,048 2,372 18,347 12,138 13,123 65,897 11,287 25,594 11,621
2015 Person-miles of travel 4/ (millions) 2,984,178 21,118 344,073 844,123 109,597 170,246 3,828,301 279,844 4,473,336
2014 2,878,905 21,510 339,177 852,983 109,301 169,830 3,731,888 279,132 4,371,706
2015 Fuel consumed (thousand gallons) 90,017,583 447,879 2,228,059 36,436,054 14,850,153 28,884,134 126,453,637 43,734,287 172,863,862
2014 89,300,790 458,628 2,233,219 37,342,987 14,893,865 29,117,656 126,643,778 44,011,521 173,347,146
2015 Average fuel consumption per vehicle (gallons) 475 52 2,507 684 1,756 10,515 521 3,904 656
2014 476 54 2,561 710 1,788 11,298 527 4,036 666
2015 Average miles traveled per gallon of fuel consumed 23.9 43.8 7.3 17.3 7.4 5.9 22.0 6.4 17.9
2014 23.2 43.5 7.2 17.1 7.3 5.8 21.4 6.3 17.5

1/ The FHWA estimates national trends by using State reported Highway Performance and Monitoring System (HPMS) data, fuel consumption data (MF-21 and MF-27), vehicle registration data (MV-1, MV-9, and MV-10), other data such as the R. L. Polk vehicle data, and a host of modeling techniques. Starting with the 2009 VM-1, an enhanced methodology was used to provide timely indictors on both travel and travel behavior changes.

2/ Light Duty Vehicles Short WB - passenger cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles with a wheelbase (WB) equal to or less than 121 inches. Light Duty Vehicles Long WB - large passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks, and sport/utility vehicles with wheelbases (WB) larger than 121 inches. All Light Duty Vehicles - passenger cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles regardless of wheelbase.

3/ Single-Unit - single frame trucks that have 2-axles and at least 6 tires or a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 10,000 lbs.

4/ Vehicle occupancy is estimated by the FHWA from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS); For single unit truck and heavy trucks, 1 motor vehicle mile travelled = 1 person-mile traveled.

5/ VMT data are based on the latest HPMS data available; it may not match previous published results.

6/ The change in the number of buses is primarily due to the decline of reported public operated school buses.

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