Seattle has the best public transportation in the United States, according to a new study. Here's how other cities compare.
- The United States isn't exactly synonymous with gleaming public public transportation.
- Still, there are pockets of efficient transit in select cities.
- WalletHub set out to rank American cities' transportation systems. Seattle came out on top.
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Seattle has the United States' best public transportation network, according to a new study from WalletHub, surpassing New York and other East Coast cities that are nearly synonymous with transit.
The study ranked 100 cities over 17 metrics, including the share of commuters who use public transport, average commute times for cars versus transit, miles of bus lanes, connectivity, and more.Despite its ranking as number one in the country for total public transit ridership and total miles of public transportation, New York comes in at No. 7 on WalletHub's list, thanks to a low 97th-place ranking when it comes to "public transit resources," which takes into account factors like age of an agency's fleet and miles on each vehicle.
"We determined each city's weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the cities in our sample," the company said. "Our sample considers only the city proper in each case and excludes cities in the surrounding metro area."
Here's how the United States' top cities for public transportation shake out: