Let's count those short trips

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Another recently published report from the Victoria Transit Policy Institute (VTPI) "Short and Sweet: Analysis of Shorter Trips Using National Personal Travel Survey Data" (http://www.vtpi.org/short_sweet.pdf) summarizes information on shorter trips, based on 2009 National Household Travel Survey data. This analysis indicates that a significant portion of total personal travel consists of shorter trips. About 10% of reported trips are a half-mile or less, about 19% are a mile or less, and 41% are three miles or less. Since shorter trips tend to be undercounted, the actual share of short trips is probably higher than these figures indicate