More Americans are on the road than they have been the last six years. According to the Federal Highway Administration’s latest data, miles traveled from July 2013 to June 2014 were at their highest point since 2008.
Within that time frame, Americans logged in more than 2.97 trillion miles. In the first half of this year, 1.466 trillion miles have been driven, the largest number since 2010 and the fourth-highest in the report’s 78-year-history.
FHWA’s report “Traffic Volume Trends” reveals that 261.7 billion vehicle-miles traveled were driven in June 2014. June has not hit such numbers since 2010, and June 2014 marks the largest single-month gain this year.
The data comes out at the same time the Highway Trust Fund is due for renewal. Recently, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the funding will fall about $2 billion short in 2015. More on that story can be found here.
“More people driving means our economy is picking up speed,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release. “It also means we need to increase our investment in transportation to meet this demand, which is why Congress needs to pass the President’s four-year, $302 billion Grow America Act.”
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