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Bus Fuel Consumption and Travel

Dataset Table:

Year Number registered (thousands) Vehicle-miles traveled (millions) Fuel consumed (million gallons) Average miles traveled per vehicle (thousands) 1
1960 272 4,300 827 15.8 2
1965 314 4,700 875 15.0 3
1970 378 4,500 820 11.9 4
1975 462 6,100 1,053 13.2 5

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Dataset Excel:



This table Includes data for both publicly and privately owned school, transit, and other commercial buses.

Data from 2007 were calculated using new sources and a new methodology developed by FHWA. Data for these years are not comparable to previous years. The FHWA estimates national trends by using State reported Highway Performance and Monitoring System (HPMS) data, fuel consumption data (MF-21 and MF-27), vehicle registration data (MV-1, MV-9, and MV-10), other data such as the R. L. Polk vehicle data, and a host of modeling techniques. Starting with the 2007 VM-1, an enhanced methodology is used to provide timely indictors on both travel and travel behavior changes.


KEY: R = revised.


1960-93: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, FHWA-PL-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table VM-201A, available at as of Apr. 20, 2020.

1994-2018: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1, available at as of Mar. 24, 2020.