Walk Score, a website that provides information to apartment-seekers who are looking for easily accessible public transportation, has ranked the best and worst cities for public transportation in America.
The website notes that rising gas prices and a new generation less reliant on car ownership is increasing their use of metropolitan public transportation systems.
Twenty-five cities were ranked according to their Transit Scores, which measure the coverage and availability of public transportation in a given area on a 0-to-100 scale. Higher scores are better.
The Transit Scores consider the frequency, type of route and distance to the nearest stop offered by subways, trains and buses, weighed to balance differences in population density.
Not surprisingly, large Eastern cities dominate the higher rankings, while Southern and Western cities trend toward lower public transportation access.
Walk Score’s 5 Best Cities for Public Transportation:
- New York (Transit Score: 81)
- San Francisco (Transit Score: 80)
- Boston (Transit Score: 74)
- Washington, D.C. (Transit Score: 69)
- Philadelphia (Transit Score: 68)
Walk Score’s 5 Worst Cities for Public Transportation:
- Raleigh, N.C. (Transit Score: 23)
- Columbus, Ohio (Transit Score: 29)
- Las Vegas (Transit Score: 32)
- Sacramento (Transit Score: 32)
- Austin (Transit Score: 33)
For Walk Score’s complete list, click here.