June 8, 2020 / 5:37 PM / a month ago

Travel on U.S. roads fell by 40% in April amid stay-at-home orders

WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) - Travel on U.S. roads fell by 39.8% in April as coronavirus stay-at-home orders prompted tens of millions of Americans to work from home and others to avoid travel as destinations temporarily closed.

The U.S. Transportation Department said U.S. motorists drove 112 billion fewer miles compared with April 2019 to 169.6 billion vehicle miles. In the first four months of 2020, motorists drove fewer miles than in the period in any year since 2001. (Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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