Muni Is Number 6, Baby!

Outside From Above
Photo by Troy Holden

For all its ups and downs, Muni just ranked number six in the nation’s best public transportation systems, behind cities like New York (ok, fine) and Salt Lake City (say what?). SF Examiner brings us the news from U.S. News and World Report — the ranking is based on “transportation investment, ridership, and safety criteria.” Number six doesn’t sound too bad to me.

But the U.S. News and World Report ranking has San Francisco just above Los Angeles! That’s terrible and depressing.

The whole enchilada:

1. Portland, OR

2. Salt Lake City

3. New York

4. Boston

5. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

6. San Francisco

7. Los Angeles

8. Honolulu

9 (tie). Denver

9 (tie). Austin


  • JC

    Yeah, having sampled both LA and Honolulu transit, being just above those two doesn’t say a whole lot to me. Not to pick on Honolulu, it wasn’t awful but it didn’t strike me as a system which was good enough to get people with choices out of their cars.

  • Joe

    Like many of US News and World Report’s rankings, this one does not past the smell test. Any top-10 ranking of transit systems that doesn’t include DC, Chicago, or Philly is simply not credible… obviously these three aren’t perfect, but each of these cities’ agencies carry more than Denver, Minneapolis, Austin, Honolulu, and Salt Lake City combined…

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