Thursday, June 19, 2008



WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Americans drove 1.4 billion fewer highway miles in April than they did in April 2007, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

That marks the sixth consecutive monthly drop and coincides with record gas prices and an increase in transit ridership, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said.

April's drop is more than three times larger than the drop from March 2007 to March of this year, which was 400 million fewer highway miles.

Peters said vehicle miles traveled on all public roads for April fell 1.8 percent from April 2007.

That's like 18 trips from the Earth to the Sun and back.


Pete said...

And it's only 1.8% of the total!

rigtenzin said...

Yeah, what Pete said. It that's just 1.8 percent, then we drive a lot.

This is good news.