Photo by Dave
In an announcement that probably surprised San Franciscans the most, our fair city ranks second in Walk Score’s new ranking of Best U.S. Cities for Public Transit, just a tick below New York City. How does this compute?
According to Walk Score, they determined the ranking of cities this way:
Our ranking is based on the average resident’s access to public transit in a city. To compute our ranking, we calculated the Transit Score of over 1.9 million locations in 316 cities. We use a population-weighted methodology to compute the average Transit Score for a city. Our top 10 cities list includes cities with populations over 500,000 people.
Unsurprisingly, New York ranked first in the study. On the West Coast, the top best cities are San Francisco, Seattle, and Oakland, in that order.
To be fair, I think it’s pretty reasonable to live without a car here, but the study doesn’t taken into account reliability, which really affects the quality of transit for everyday riders (preaching to the choir, aren’t I?)