Real-estate company ranks top 10 cities for public transit in 2018

Feb. 22, 2018

Cities such as Seattle and Honolulu moved up in the ranks on Redfin's 2018 Transit Score

New York, San Francisco and Boston top the list of the 10 best cities for public transit according to the updated Transit Score rankings for 2018 by real-estate company Redfin.

Transit Score, a tool by Redfin company Walk Score, rates locations based on how convenient they are to public transportation. Each of the top three cities has a Transit Score above 70, meaning it has an excellent transit rating, with transit being a convenient option for most trips.

While the rank order for the six best cities for public transit has stayed the same since 2012 when Transit Score first launched, there was a lot of movement at the bottom of the top-10 list.

In 7th place, Seattle has a Transit Score of 59.6, up 2.6 points since 2016, the biggest jump among the top 10. In the past two years, Seattle has expanded its Link light-rail service, adding two new stations in 2016, making it easier and faster to get to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington. A 2017 survey by the Seattle Department of Transportation found that public transit use had increased by 48% in the past seven years.

Honolulu gained 1.6 points of Transit Score since 2016 and entered the top 10 list for the first time, replacing Miami. More than 69 million passengers in Honolulu ride TheBus annually and the city is planning a new rail system to further improve public transportation.

The ranking of the top 10 U.S. cities (with populations of more than 300,000) for public transit includes the following:

1.) New York

2.) San Francisco

3.) Boston

4.) Washington, D.C.

5.) Philadelphia

6.) Chicago

7.) Seattle

8.) Minneapolis

9.) Baltimore

10.) Honolulu


Source: Redfin