(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released new data Monday showing that driving in the United States has reached over 3.1 trillion miles by the end of 2015.
Last year’s number beats the previous record of 3 trillion miles in 2007. To provide context, FHWA said that 3.1 trillion miles is about the same distance as 337 round trips from Earth to Pluto.
The new data was published in FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume Trends” report, which is a monthly estimate of road travel in the United States.
The statement says that these new numbers are only reaffirming the importance of the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” (FAST) Act. The FAST Act is investing $305 billion in fixing America’s surface transportation infrastructure over the next five years.
For more information about the traffic volume trends, visit the FHWA’s website.
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