Report Names Best Cities for Public Transit
By Natalie Wise
When finding the right place to live and work, the availability of public transportation can play a major role in the decision-making process. Commute times and stress can be reduced substantially when public transit is available, and with the rising costs of gas, it can be economical as well.
Walk Score ranked the best cities for public transit on a scale of 100, with 100 being a perfect score, based on availability, usefulness and the scope of public transportation available within a city.
The Transit Score aims to “help home shoppers and apartment hunters find places to live with better commutes and more transportation choices.”
The top city in the country was New York City, with a score of 81, unsurprising with its far-reaching subway and always-available taxis.
The No. 2 city overall was San Francisco, with a score of 80. San Francisco has a blend of old and new transportation options, including the famous trolleys that offer transportation across the city’s hilly terrain.
The third-best city overall was Boston, with a score of 75 and its subway, call the T, commuter rail and bus options.
Fourth overall was the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., with a score of 70. Rounding out the top 5 across the country, Philadelphia’s subway system gives it a score of 67.
Broken down regionally, the Northeast boasts all 3 of its best cities in the top 5 nationally: New York, Boston and Philadelphia.
The Southern region has Washington, D.C., first, followed by Miami (58) and Atlanta (43).
The Midwest features Chicago first, with a high score of 65. Minneapolis’ improved and expanding light-rail transit system earns it a score of 58. Milwaukee is third in the region with a score of 49.
Out West, the top city is San Francisco with its score of 80. Seattle comes in second, with a score of 57. Oakland, Calif., earns third place with a score of 54.