3.2 Trillion Miles Driven On U.S. Roads In 2016

3.2 Trillion Miles Driven On U.S. Roads In 2016

New estimates released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that U.S. driving topped 3.2 trillion miles last year. It is the fifth straight year of increased mileage on public roads throughout the nation, and underscores the demands facing America’s roads and bridges, and reaffirms calls for greater investment in surface transportation infrastructure.

The new data, published in FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume Trends” report – a monthly estimate of U.S. road travel – show that more than 263.6 billion miles were driven in December 2016 alone, which is a .5 percent increase over the previous December.

The December 2016 report also includes seasonally-adjusted data, which is conducted by USDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics as a way to even out seasonal variation in travel and enable vehicle miles travelled (VMT) comparisons with any other month in any year. The seasonally-adjusted VMT for December 2016 were 269.3 billion miles. Compared with seasonally adjusted November 2016 data, December 2016 VMT fell slightly by .6 percent but rose 0.6 percent from December 2015. The estimates include passenger vehicle, bus and truck travel.

At 2.9 percent, traffic in the West – a 13-state region stretching from California to Montana, and including Hawaii and Alaska – led the nation with the largest percentage increase in unadjusted VMT, and continued an uninterrupted series of monthly increases that began in October 2013. Mileage fell slightly in the Northeast and North Central states.

At 33.9 billion VMT, California accounted for more miles driven in December 2016 than the combined 33.8 billion miles of 22 states – Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C.

At 5.8 percent, Louisiana led the nation with the largest unadjusted single-state traffic percent increase compared to the same month a year earlier, followed by Utah at 5.2 percent and Nevada at 5.1 percent. At 6.2 percent, for the tenth month in a row, North Dakota led the nation with the largest unadjusted traffic decrease for the month.

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day 2015

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day 2015

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

Highway travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2015. (This listing will be updated as additional information becomes available.)

Restaurants located at Interstate Service Plazas and Welcome Centers may be required to stay open.

– Updated 12/18/15  –

  • 99 Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Arby’s – Company owned locations will close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Franchise locations may be open.
  • Bakers Square – Open Christmas Eve day. Open Christmas Day.
  • Bonanza Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bonefish Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Boston Market – Some locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Burger King – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Cheesecake Factory – Most locations will be closed Christmas Day.
  • Chick-fil-A – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Corner Bakery Cafe – Open Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Country Buffet – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Cracker Barrel – Close Christmas Eve Day at 2 pm and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Del Taco – Open Christmas Eve day. Most locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Denny’s – Open Christmas Day.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Domino’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Some locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • El Torito – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Fire Mountain Buffet – Open Christmas Eve Day. Most locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Friendly’s – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Golden Corral – Most locations will be open on Christmas Day
  • Ground Round Grill & Bar – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • HomeTown Buffet – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and open Christmas Day.
  • Hooters – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • IHOP – Most locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Jack-in-the-Box – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Legal Sea Foods – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Logan’s Roadhouse – Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Lone Star Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Luby’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • McDonald’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Old Country Buffet – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and open Christmas Day.
  • Olive Garden – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Outback Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Panda Express – Many locations will be open on Christmas Day.
  • Pie Five Pizza Company – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Pizza Hut – Most locations will be closed on Christmas Day.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Red Lobster – Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Ruby Tuesday – Open Christmas Eve and some locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Open Christmas Day.
  • Ryan’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and open Christmas Day.
  • Schlotzsky’s Deli – Most locations will be open on Christmas Eve.
  • Shoney’s – Open Christmas Day.
  • Sizzler – Some locations will be open Christmas Day.
  • Sonic – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Starbucks – Open Christmas Day.
  • Steak ‘n Shake – Open Christmas Day.
  • Subway – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
  • Taco Bell – Company owned locations are closed on Christmas Day. Franchised locations may be open.
  • Texas Land & Cattle Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • TGI Friday’s – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Waffle House – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Wendy’s – Most locations will be closed on Christmas Day.

 

This list reflects information gathered from various sources. We are not responsible for it’s accuracy. This list will be updated as additional information becomes available. Open locations may have limited hours of operation.


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AAA Says 46.9 Million Americans Traveling for Thanksgiving Holiday 2015

AAA Says 46.9 Million Americans Traveling for Thanksgiving Holiday 2015

AAA Travel forecasts 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 0.6 percent increase over the 46.6 million people who traveled last year and the most since 2007. With 300,000 additional holiday travelers, this marks the seventh consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29.

“This Thanksgiving, more Americans will carve out time to visit friends and family since 2007,” said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO. “While many people remain cautious about the economy and their finances, many thankful Americans continue to put a premium on traveling to spend the holiday with loved ones.”

Despite improvements in the economy, including steady wage growth, rising disposable income and a falling unemployment rate, consumers remain cautious about their finances. However, gas prices remain well below 2014 levels, providing an early holiday bonus to the more than 89 percent of holiday travelers who will drive to their destinations.

“One holiday gift has come early this year. Americans will likely pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. Lower prices are helping boost disposable income, and enabling families to kick off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway,” continued Doney.

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving

Nearly 42 million Americans will take a holiday road trip this Thanksgiving, an increase of 0.7 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase by 0.1 percent, with 3.6 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will decrease 1.4 percent this Thanksgiving, to 1.4 million travelers.

Lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in seven years expected

Drivers nationwide continue to experience significant yearly savings in the price of gas and AAA estimates that consumers are saving nearly $265 million on gasoline every day compared to a year ago. This has helped boost disposable income, enabling many Americans to travel this Thanksgiving. Most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.15, 65 cents less than the average price on Thanksgiving last year ($2.80).


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Memorial Day Travel Will Be Highest in 10 years Says AAA

Memorial Day Travel Will Be Highest in 10 years Says AAA

The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from their homes during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That number represents a 4.7 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years.

AAA also predicts that 33 million Americans will travel by car to their destinations. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 21, to Monday, May 25.

More AAA information from their report:

  • Most drivers will probably pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years. The current national average price of gas is $2.66, which is about $1 less than the average price on Memorial Day last year.
  • The 4.7 percent increase over Memorial Day 2014 is the highest forecast growth rate for any of the holidays tracked by AAA since Independence Day 2012.
  • More than 33 million travelers will go by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent over last Memorial Day.
  • Travelers will encounter higher lodging costs this year, while airfares are down slightly compared to Memorial Day 2014.

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Priceline.com Reveals the Top 50 Most Popular Spring Break Destinations According to College Students

Priceline.com Reveals the Top 50 Most Popular Spring Break Destinations According to College Students

Every year spring break offers college students a much-needed respite from their late-night study sessions and an excuse to take a spontaneous getaway with friends. In fact, 73 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 say they are likely to take a last-minute getaway in 2015, according to a recent survey commissioned by the brand. In March, students are reserving more hotel rooms in Las Vegas, the most popular 2015 spring break destination, than anywhere else. Runner-up destinations include OrlandoNew York CityPhoenix, and Orange County, according to actual hotel reservations made by college students on priceline.com.

Those juggling college debt can still get the full spring break experience on a budget with Priceline’s best bargain destinations for 2015, including both Myrtle and Virginia Beach that have average daily hotel rates below $90. The hottest spring break destination, Las Vegas, also made the top deals list with an average daily rate of $106.

Sixty-seven percent of Americans between the ages of 18 to 24 regretted not taking a last-minute trip in 2014, according to a recent survey from priceline.com, so those on the fence about traveling should not let the opportunity of an unforgettable vacation pass them by. For students with some flexibility in their budget, hotels in tropical destinations can be scored for less than $300 per night in the Florida Keys and Oahu, HI, with average daily rates of $275 and $199, respectively.

“After a particularly brutal winter and knowing how easy it is to find a deal on our app, students will be on the lookout for an adventure through last-minute travel deals – we call this seizing the Travel App-ortunity,” said John Caine, Priceline’s Chief Product Officer. “We’ve got options for the student who saved for 12 months and for the student who has just decided to go. Express Deals offer exclusive deals with savings of up to 55 percent off published room rates.”

Priceline.com’s Top 50 Most Popular Destinations for Spring Break 2015
Based on advance hotel reservations for March made by students on priceline.com.

1. Las Vegas, NV

2. Orlando, FL

3. New York City, NY

4. Phoenix, AZ

5. Orange County, CA

6. Miami, FL

7. Chicago, IL

8. New Orleans, LA

9. San Diego, CA

10. San Francisco, CA

11. Los Angeles, CA

12. San Antonio, TX

13. Dallas, TX

14. Washington D.C.

15. Fort Lauderdale, FL

16. Nashville, TN

17. Atlanta, GA

18. Houston, TX

19. Seattle, WA

20. Denver, CO

21. Austin, TX

22. Minneapolis, MN

23. St. Petersburg/ Clearwater, FL

24. Boston, MA

25. Fort Myers/Naples, FL

26. St. Louis, MO

27. Tampa, FL

28. Savannah, GA

29. The Florida Keys

30. Palm Springs, CA

31. Portland, OR

32. San Jose, CA

33. Columbus, OH

34. Puerto Rico

35. Toronto, Canada

36. Daytona Beach, FL

37. Atlantic City/Cape May, NJ

38. Kansas City, MO

39. Indianapolis, IN

40. Philadelphia, PA

41. Panama City, FL

42. Oahu, HI

43. LA/San Fernando Valley, CA

44. Charleston, SC

45. Inland Empire (CA)

46. Central Coast (CA)

47. Sarasota, FL

48. Monterey/Salinas, CA

49. Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY

50. Charlotte, NC

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