STATE – Motorists across the country drove about 5 billion more miles in June 2009 compared to the same month in 2008, a two percent increase according to government data released this morning. New Jersey drivers drove 52 million more miles in the same time period comparison.
Only four states logged fewer vehicle miles traveled (VMTs); Connecticut, Minnesota, Colorado and Nevada, according to the survey, which aggregates state VMT data. June 2009 data, which is the most recent data available, shows a national VMT increase for the third straight month.
Total New Jersey VMT for June 2009 was 6.4 billion miles. This less than one percent VMT increase was only the third month-over-month increase since April 2008:
- April 2008, +112 million VMT
- February 2009, +27 million VMT
- June 2009, +56 million VMT
In New Jersey, cumulative 2008 VMT was 2.922 trillion miles, while 2007 VMT was 3.029 trillion miles, federal data show.
“We hoped for an uptick during the summer driving season, in New Jersey and nationally,” AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman David Weinstein said. “But based on the downward trend of the last 18 months, we see any increase in miles driven as a positive economic sign, regardless of when it occurs.”
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