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Vehicle Miles Driven Just Hit A New Post-Crisis Low

•, Doug Short

The Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Commission has released the latest report on Traffic Volume Trends, data through June. Travel on all roads and streets changed by 0.4% (1.1 billion vehicle miles) for June 2012 as compared with June 2011. However, the 12-month moving average of miles driven declined by 0.2% from June a year ago (PDF report). And the total population-adjusted data likewise has set a new post-crisis trough.

Here is a chart that illustrates this data series from its inception in 1970. I'm plotting the "Moving 12-Month Total on ALL Roads," as the DOT terms it. See Figure 1 in the PDF report, which charts the data from 1987. My start date is 1971 because I'm incorporating all the available data from the DOT spreadsheets.

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