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The 8 best cities in the U.S to use public transportation

A lot of the candidates that sign up for our Job+J1 Visa Program here at Architect-US want to know which are the American cities that are best for Public Transport use. It is a valid question and one which you will want to consider before your departure to the States. Not everyone is provided with transportation from the company and you might not even want to buy or drive a car for that matter. So, once you are considering making the move to the U.S you need to ask yourselves a couple of questions. All with the ultimate goal: Do I need/want a car? In the case that you don’t want to spend money on car, we are providing you with a list of cities in the US that you should consider which are easy to get around in by using Public Transportation.

1. San Francisco, California

Located in the North of California – what is known as the bay area- 99% of the population lives within a half-mile of transit, and 11.1% commute by walking in addition to taking other forms of public transportation such as bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and others.

2. New York, New York

It is very surprising, but New York City and San Francisco are pretty much tied for the best subways, buses, and bike share in the country. NYC has 19 transit routes within a half mile of an average block and over 1.37 million jobs available within an average 30-minute commute. Good news, right? These figures are quite shocking specially when you consider that the city has over 8.4 million residents.

3. Boston, Massachusetts

Subways and buses in Boston make over 8,000 trips in an average week. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) handles all of the public transportation in Boston. The system’s primary transport is the subway system (called the T by locals) consisting of five separate lines and an extensive network of bus routes. Overall, it handles about 390 million rides per year.

4. Washington, DC

Over 644,000 of it’s residents live within a half-mile of public transit. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority manages public transportation throughout the DC area, primarily relying on buses and below-ground subways. The subway system, known as Metro or Metrorail, handles over 200 million trips per year, making it the second largest system by ridership in the U.S.

5. Jersey City, New Jersey

Located across Manhattan and separated by the Hudson River, Jersey City is one of the cities in the States which transit users have a higher median income than those that commute by car. Public Transportation costs just 10.1% of what an average household earns per year in Jersey City.  For those who commute to New York from Jersey City, transit can be far more convenient than driving as there are trains and ferries that go directly to Manhattan.

6. Chicago, Illinois

More than 2.7 million Chicago residents live within a half-mile of public transit. Chicago’s transit system is among the oldest in the U.S. It has been in operation since 1892, when the South Side Rapid Transit began operation. Today, Chicago’s “L” trains form the third-largest city rail system in the U.S., handling an average weekday ridership of nearly 800,000.

7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia has over 371,000 jobs accessible with a commute of less than 30 minutes. The system combines underground subways, street-level trolleys, trolley buses, regular buses and commuter rails. The various types of trains account for more than 290,000 rides on a typical weekday, while buses and trolley buses move about 490,000.

8. Oakland, California

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, public transportation commuters in Pittsburgh spend an average of 32 minutes traveling to work, the 11th-fastest transit commute time of the 136 cities in our analysis. That is also just nine minutes slower that the average commute time for drivers, the fifth-smallest difference

Stats Provided by Business Insider.

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