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Highway Statistics 2015


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

January 2017
Table VM-1M

YEAR ITEM LIGHT DUTY
VEHICLES
SHORT WB 2/
MOTOR-
CYCLES
BUSES 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-kilometers)
2015 Interstate Rural 215,244 1,907 2,643 67,754 15,486 76,393 282,998 91,879 379,428
2014 210,308 1,793 2,467 67,624 14,895 75,270 277,932 90,165 372,357
2015 Other Arterial Rural 356,700 4,361 3,164 138,894 26,025 46,085 495,594 72,110 575,229
2014 350,513 4,315 3,254 140,001 26,280 47,146 490,515 73,426 571,509
2015 Other Rural 342,779 4,490 3,223 141,953 26,029 21,796 484,732 47,825 540,270
2014 338,108 4,752 3,196 143,129 27,481 21,558 481,237 49,039 538,223
2015 All Rural 914,723 10,759 9,030 348,601 67,540 144,274 1,263,324 211,814 1,494,927
2014 898,929 10,860 8,916 350,754 68,656 143,973 1,249,683 212,629 1,482,089
2015 Interstate Urban 616,773 4,071 4,057 151,477 28,229 66,348 768,250 94,577 870,955
2014 585,915 3,897 3,820 150,619 26,551 65,805 736,535 92,355 836,607
2015 Other Urban 1,925,118 16,723 13,033 516,790 80,611 63,363 2,441,908 143,974 2,615,638
2014 1,849,831 17,380 13,012 526,167 80,697 63,537 2,375,999 144,234 2,550,625
2015 All Urban 2,541,891 20,795 17,089 668,267 108,840 129,711 3,210,158 238,551 3,486,593
2014 2,435,747 21,278 16,831 676,787 107,248 129,342 3,112,533 236,590 3,387,232
2015 Total Rural and Urban 5/ 3,456,614 31,553 26,119 1,016,868 176,380 273,985 4,473,482 450,365 4,981,519
2014 3,334,676 32,138 25,748 1,027,541 175,904 273,315 4,362,216 449,219 4,869,321
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 18,229 3,669 29,384 19,079 20,858 99,744 18,416 40,200 18,897
2014 17,780 3,818 29,526 19,535 21,120 106,051 18,164 41,190 18,703
2015 Person-miles of travel 4/ (millions) 4,802,569 33,987 553,732 1,358,485 176,380 273,985 6,161,054 450,365 7,199,137
2014 4,633,149 34,616 545,852 1,372,743 175,904 273,315 6,005,892 449,219 7,035,580
2015 Fuel consumed (thousand gallons) 340,753,621 1,695,406 8,434,120 137,925,468 56,213,944 109,338,341 478,679,089 165,552,286 654,360,900
2014 338,040,264 1,736,097 8,453,652 141,358,584 56,379,413 110,222,319 479,398,848 166,601,732 656,190,329
2015 Average fuel consumption per vehicle (gallons) 1,797 197 9,488 2,588 6,648 39,805 1,971 14,777 2,482
2014 1,802 206 9,694 2,687 6,769 42,768 1,996 15,276 2,520
2015 Average miles traveled per gallon of fuel consumed 10.1 18.6 3.1 7.4 3.1 2.5 9.3 2.7 7.6
2014 9.9 18.5 3.0 7.3 3.1 2.5 9.1 2.7 7.4

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.

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