Arizonans Drove Almost 67 Billion Miles In 2016

Drivers covered nearly 67 billion miles on Arizona roads in 2016, the state’s fifth consecutive annual increase, according to a Federal Highway Administration estimate.

Part of a Traffic Volume Trends report estimating a record 3.2 trillion miles driven on U.S. public roads last year, the Arizona figure demonstrates the importance of maintaining and improving the state’s transportation system, said John Halikowski, director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

“A well-built and well-maintained transportation system positions this growing state to capitalize on its proximity to major markets in California and Texas as well as south of the border.”“Highways are Key Commerce Corridors that drive economic growth and jobs,” Halikowski said. “A well-built and well-maintained transportation system positions this growing state to capitalize on its proximity to major markets in California and Texas as well as south of the border.”

ADOT maintains all state and federal routes in Arizona, including six interstate highways.

The estimated number of vehicle miles traveled in Arizona in 2016 – 66.86 billion – represented an increase of more than 1.8 billion miles from 2015, or 2.8 percent. Since 2011, the number of miles navigated by Arizona drivers has increased by 7.28 billion, or 12 percent.

The 13-state West, including Arizona, had the greatest increase in travel compared with 2015, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s report.

ADOT reports vehicle miles traveled for the previous year each June. The agency’s figures also show a steady increase in recent years.

3 Comments on "Arizonans Drove Almost 67 Billion Miles In 2016"

  1. Driving miles equal tax revenue – where does the money go? The gas tax should go back into the road system but does it? As for the steady increase, your car is a good phone booth too!

  2. Some of these cars will now be driving to San Jose for the SWEET 16 BABY!!!!! I’d suggest they are some of the “BEST MILES DRIVEN IN YEARS”!
    …. BEAR DOWN ARIZONA …. just say’n…

  3. Do You Know The Way To San Jose Lyrics

    Artist: Dionne Warwick

    Do you know the way to San Jose?
    I’ve been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way.
    Do you know the way to San Jose?
    I’m going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose.

    L.A. is a great big freeway.
    Put a hundred down and buy a car.
    In a week, maybe two, they’ll make you a star
    Weeks turn into years. How quck they pass
    And all the stars that never were
    Are parking cars and pumping gas

    You can really breathe in San Jose
    They’ve got a lot of space. There’ll be a place where I can stay
    I was born and raised in San Jose
    I’m going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose.

    Fame and fortune is a magnet.
    It can pull you far away from home
    With a dream in your heart you’re never alone.
    Dreams turn into dust and blow away
    And there you are without a friend
    You pack your car and ride away

    L.A. is a great big freeway.
    Put a hundred down and buy a car.
    In a week, maybe two, they’ll make you a star
    Weeks turn into years. How quck they pass
    And all the stars that never were
    Are parking cars and pumping gas

    I’ve got lots of friends in San Jose
    Do you know the way to San Jose?
    Can’t wait to get back to San Jose.

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