NJ Motorists Still Not Driving

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.


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.”

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