June VMT Down 13% Nationwide
The Federal Highway Administration reported last week that traffic on U.S. roads in June 2020 was 13.0 percent below the 2019 levels. This is a significant recovery from the COVID-lockdown peak of -40.2 percent in April, which rebounded to -25.7 percent in May.
We have totals for U.S. gasoline production much more recently than VMT (the Energy Department reports on a weekly basis, and we have through last week). If the VMT pace roughly tracks the pace of gasoline production, then VMT should stabilize at around 7-10 percent below the 2019 levels for a few months.
As usual, the pace of urban driving diverges from that of rural driving, with rural residents driving more and rebounding from the COVID lockdowns more quickly.
|All Urban Roads|
|Billion VMT vs 2019||+3.7||+3.2||-37.7||-81.6||-54||-27.2|
|All Rural Roads|
|Billion VMT vs 2019||+1.8||+1.7||-13.7||-31.7||-19.6||-9.5|
That data can be graphed visually like so:
And there is regional variance as well, which FHWA is kind enough to map.