NJ Motorists Still Not Driving

NJTODAY.NET's online business directory

STATE—Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) continue to fall year-over-year in the Garden State through May, according to just-released federal government data, which show a 25 million mile decrease – or less than 1% – for the month when compared to May 2008.

In total, New Jersey motorists have driven about 2.8 billion fewer miles in the 14-month period from April 2008 to May 2009 then the corresponding period a year earlier. May 2009 data is the most recent available.

[smartads]

Nationally, VMT increased for the second straight month.

Americans drove 200 million more miles in total in May 2009 than the same month a year earlier. In April 2009 compared to April 2008, Americans drove 1.4 billion more miles across the country.

The last month New Jersey logged a month-over-month increase was February 2009, when 27 million VMT were recorded; before that, April 2008.

“In only two of the last 14 months the state recorded more miles driven,” AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman David Weinstein said. “The most recent decline is the smallest decline during that period, but the trend is clear: We’re still not in the driver’s seat.”


Connect with NJTODAY.NET


Join NJTODAY.NET's free Email List to receive occasional updates delivered right to your email address!
Email ads@njtoday.net for advertising information Send stuff to NJTODAY.NET Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter Download this week's issue of NJTODAY.NET