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Best U.S. Cities for Public Transit, Living Without a Car

Posted By The Livable Communities Team On February 4, 2014 @ 11:20 am In Great Places | Comments Disabled

Graphic from Walkscore.com about its Transit Score ranking [1]

2014 Transit Score chart from walkscore.com.

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP:

Walk Score [2], an organization that evaluates the walkability of communities throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia, has announced its 2014 Transit Score rankings [1] of U.S. cities with such good public transit systems that owning a car is truly optional.

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(The number in parenthesis is the city’s Transit Score on a 0 to 100 scale with 100 being the best possible score.)

1. New York (81)

2. San Francisco (80)

3. Boston (75)

4. Washington, D.C. (70)

5. Philadelphia (67)

6. Chicago (65)

7. Miami and Minneapolis (tied at 58)

9. Baltimore and Seattle (tied at 57)

Walk Score’s complete list can be found on its 2014 City & Neighborhood Rankings [4] page.

Worth noting: Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia are also members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities [5].

A fun (or maybe not-so-fun) fact: According to the AAA [6], the typical American car owner spends $9,859 per year on auto expenses. (“That’s the equivalent of carrying a $135,000 mortgage,” explains Walk Score.)

Visit walkscore.com [2] to find a Walk Score for your city, town or neighborhood, or even a specific address.

Learn more about age-friendly homes and communities at AARP.org/livable [7]


Melissa Stanton [12]Melissa Stanton is a member of the AARP Livable Communities Team, which can be contacted by email at livable@aarp.org [13].

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[1] Image: http://blog.walkscore.com/2014/01/new-ranking-of-best-u-s-cities-for-public-transit/

[2] Walk Score: http://walkscore.com

[3] Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/livable-community-news-alerts/?intcmp=BL-IL-EMAIL-SUB-LC

[4] 2014 City & Neighborhood Rankings: http://www.walkscore.com/cities-and-neighborhoods/

[5] AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/network-age-friendly-communities/

[6] According to the AAA: http://exchange.aaa.com/automobiles-travel/automobiles/gas-pricing/

[7] AARP.org/livable: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[8] Is Your Community Walkable?: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/20/nancy-leamond-walkable-streets-for-all-ages-abilities/

[9] AARP Create the Good Sidewalk and Streets Survey: http://createthegood.org/toolkit/sidewalks-and-streets-survey-1

[10] AARP Complete Streets Case Study: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/learn/planning-land-use/info-2014/aarp-complete-streets-case-study.html

[11] The 10 Most Walkable Cities in the U.S.: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/21/great-places-blog-10-most-walkable-cities-us/

[12] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/MelissaStanton300dpi.jpg

[13] livable@aarp.org: mailto:livable@aarp.org

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