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2011 Best and Worst U.S. Cities for Public Transit

May 16, 2011

From Time Magazine – With gas prices rising and jobs still scarce, more commuters are looking for efficient ways to get to work without a car. But are America’s transit systems up to the task? To find out, the Brookings Institute looked at U.S. public transportation systems in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas and analyzed which cities were best at getting their residents to their workplaces in a timely and cost-effective manner. By researching coverage, service frequency and percent of total employed residents who can use public transportation, the report aimed to rank cities based on the most convenient overall commute.

From the Brookings Institute report – Fifteen of the 20 metro areas that rank highest on a combined score of transit coverage and job access are in the West. Conversely, 15 of the 20 metro areas that rank lowest are in the South.   For the full report, please click here.

Here are how some of California’s metropolitan areas ranked:
Los Angeles/Orange County ranked 24th.
Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario ranked 96th.
San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos ranked 25th.
San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont ranked 16th.

Here are the top 10 U.S. cities:
10. Modesto, CA
Percent of working-age residents near a transit stop: 90%
Median wait (minutes) for any rush hour transit vehicle: 18
Percent of jobs reachable via transit in 90 minutes: 38%

9. Provo-Orem, UT
Percent of working-age residents near a transit stop: 73%
Median wait (minutes) for any rush hour transit vehicle: 14.1
Percent of jobs reachable via transit in 90 minutes: 48%

8. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
Percent of working-age residents near a transit stop: 86%
Median wait (minutes) for any rush hour transit vehicle: 11.1
Percent of jobs reachable via transit in 90 minutes: 44%

7. Albuquerque, NM
Percent of working-age residents near a transit stop: 73%
Median wait (minutes) for any rush hour transit vehicle: 14.0
Percent of jobs reachable via transit in 90 minutes: 53%

6. Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
Percent of working-age residents near a transit stop: 84%
Median wait (minutes) for any rush hour transit vehicle: 8.1
Percent of jobs reachable via transit in 90 minutes: 47%

5. Fresno, CA
Percent of working-age residents near a transit stop: 72%
Median wait (minutes) for any rush hour transit vehicle: 10.7
Percent of jobs reachable via transit in 90 minutes: 57%

4. Tuscon, AZ
Percent of working-age residents near a transit stop: 73%
Median wait (minutes) for any rush hour transit vehicle: 9.2
Percent of jobs reachable via transit in 90 minutes: 57%

To find out which cities make up the top 3, please click here.

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