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U.S. Driving Last Year Was Lowest in Two Decades, New Data Show

FHWA 04-21
Contact: Doug Hecox
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – After six consecutive years of gradual increases in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released new year-end estimates showing total U.S. driving fell by 13.2% – from 3.3 trillion VMT in 2019 to 2.83 trillion in 2020. This decrease equates to an estimated reduction of nearly 170 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

“As the Biden Administration...

USDOT Announces New America's Byways® Designations

FHWA 03-21
Contact: Doug Hecox
Tel.: 202-366-0660

WASHINGTON – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials today announced 49 new designations to the America's Byways® collection, including 15 All-American Roads (AAR) and 34 National Scenic Byways (NSB) in 28 states. This increases the number of America's Byways® to 184 in 48 states.

"Through their many unique qualities, each of these new additions to the National Scenic Byways program helps America’s roads tell...

FHWA Extends Comment Period for Proposed MUTCD Updates to May 14

FHWA 02-21
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials this week extended the comment period for proposed revisions to the “Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices” (MUTCD) to May 14, 2021. The 60-day extension will allow additional time for public participation in the MUTCD’s first major update in more than 10 years.

“This important document will set the tone for the future of our transportation system...