How good mass transit can make a city more affordable

Posted on September 5, 2014

WMATA photo by Larry Levine
WMATA photo by Larry Levine
NEW YORK CITY — While housing costs are typically key in determining the affordability of a city, transportation costs are also an important part of the equation, according to new data, reported CITYLAB.

RELATED: Public transportation users save $10,181 per year

Five metros — Washington, San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and Boston — share an obvious trait: good public transportation systems, which makes it possible to reduce car ownership and related expenses. These same cities also rank near the top in terms of both commuter transit share and households without vehicles, according to the report.

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