Bus

Walkability website ranks transit access in U.S. cities

Posted on April 26, 2012

Walk Score, a website that helps apartment renters and home buyers to find neighborhoods where they can drive less, ranked U.S. city transit systems based on residents' access to public transportation.

New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C., top the list, while cities such as Houston, San Diego, Las Vegas and Columbus, Ohio are among the cities in the bottom half of the ranking.

Walk Score's first ranking of U.S. city transit systems (rated by its Transit Score index) reveals which cities offer residents the best access to public transportation. Transit Score, a national, quantitative rating of access to public transit, measures how well a location is served by public transportation and is based on data released in a standard open format by public transit agencies.

Transit Score measures how well a location is served by public transportation on a 0-100 scale. Places with scores of 70 or higher are considered to have excellent transit, places with scores between 50 and 69 have good transit, and places with scores below 50 offer some or minimal transit.

To calculate a Transit Score, Walk Score assigns a "usefulness" value to nearby transit routes based on frequency, type of route and distance to the nearest stop on the route. City scores are then calculated by applying the Transit Score algorithm block-by-block throughout the city and weighting the scores by population density. Detailed methodology information is available at www.walkscore.com/methodology.shtml.

Cities taking the top five rankings are:

(1) New York (Transit Score: 81)
(2) San Francisco (Transit Score: 80)
(3) Boston (Transit Score: 74)
(4) Washington, DC (Transit Score: 69)
(5) Philadelphia (Transit Score: 68)

Click here to find your city, neighborhood and home's Transit Score.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

BusCon '16 features more than 80 buses, debuts maintenance forum

This year's event definitely had something for everyone, including the most buses on one North American show floor, a closer look at issues set to impact transit maintenance professionals, an up-to-date look at electric buses and a the BusCon Connect hosted buyers program. 

Seattle taps CH2M to deliver BRT expansion program

This BRT program, which is part of the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle, will provide high-quality transit throughout some of the densest areas of Seattle.

Hometown Trolley acquires Supreme Corp.'s American Trolley product line

The purchase furthers Hometown Trolley's overall strategic business model to become the leading trackless trolley bus manufacturer in the North American transit industry.

Volvo Buses unveils pedestrian and cyclist detection system

The system will be introduced on Volvo’s European city bus fleet in 2017.

Stertil-Koni introduces high-performance, low-capacity hydraulic vehicle lift

The company’s ST 1064 hydraulic mobile column lift has a capacity of 14,000 lbs. per column, or 56,000 lbs. for a set of four.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close