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November 2017 Traffic Volume Trends

Travel Trends (November 2017)

Based on preliminary reports from the State Highway Agencies, travel during November 2017 on all roads and streets in the nation changed by 1.1% (2.8 billion vehicle miles) resulting in estimated travel for the month at 261.4** billion vehicle-miles.

This total includes 78.1 billion vehicle-miles on rural roads and 183.3 billion vehicle-miles on urban roads and streets.

Cumulative Travel changed by 1.3% (37.4 billion vehicle miles).

The larger changes to rural and urban travel are primarily because of the expansion in urban boundaries reflected in the 2000 census. Travel estimates for 2004 and beyond will also reflect this adjustment.

Travel for the current month, the cumulative yearly total, as well as the moving 12-month total on all roads and streets is shown below. Similar totals for each year since 1992 are also included.

Travel in Millions of Vehicle Miles All Roads and Streets
Year November Year to
Date
Moving
12-Month
1992 177,380 2,066,153 2,238,935
1993 182,322 2,109,876 2,290,875
1994 190,074 2,164,501 2,351,329
1995 194,131 2,229,434 2,422,521
1996 199,643 2,280,740 2,474,081
1997 202,422 2,353,051 2,554,513
1998 211,178 2,409,060 2,616,382
1999 221,856 2,457,994 2,674,296
2000 222,819 2,528,536 2,750,001
2001 230,511 2,566,027 2,784,417
2002 230,648 2,621,249 2,850,833
2003 233,698 2,651,684 2,885,944
2004 239,796 2,719,760 2,958,298
2005 243,056 2,743,643 2,988,672
2006 245,346 2,765,929 3,011,716
2007 245,787 2,789,541 3,037,728
2008 236,465 2,731,767 2,972,049
2009 237,264 2,717,170 2,958,912
2010 239,579 2,726,466 2,966,059
2011 238,535 2,705,592 2,946,392
2012 240,361 2,729,860 2,974,670
2013 240,055 2,747,043 2,985,753
2014 241,451 2,773,385 3,014,622
2015 248,843 2,835,949 3,088,219
2016 258,590 2,909,244 3,168,668
2017 261,363 2,946,671 3,206,630

Traffic Volume Trends is a monthly report based on hourly traffic count data. These data, collected at approximately 4,000 continuous traffic counting locations nationwide, are used to determine the percent change in traffic for the current month compared to the same month in the previous year. This percent change is applied to the travel for the same month of the previous year to obtain an estimate of travel for the current month. Because of the limited sample sizes, caution should be used with theses estimates. The highway Performance Monitoring System provides more accurate information on an anual basis.

** System entries may not add up to the give "All Systems" total due to rounding on pages 2 to 8.

 

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