(adds highway travel by region, higher gasoline prices) WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - U.S. highway travel rose 1.9 percent, or by 4.9 billion miles, to nearly 260 billion miles in October over the same month a year ago, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday. October was the second biggest increase in monthly highway travel this year after a 2 percent jump in March, and reflects an improving economy. The gain occurred even though gasoline prices rose 12 cents a gallon during ...
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