According to the Federal Highway Administration, traffic volume in America is at a record high, U.S. travelers drove more than 1.54 trillion miles in the first half of 2015, beating the previous record of 1.5 trillion, set in 2007, by around 40 billion miles.
The nation’s driving (in passenger vehicles, buses, and trucks) has increased for 16 months in a row, says the FHWA, and America’s driving continues to double nearly every generation. The data is “reaffirming calls for increased investment in transportation infrastructure,” the agency says. They warn that “Increased gridlock nationwide can be expected unless changes are made in the near-term.”
ABC’s Mark Remillard joined us from New York to discuss.