By Nora Tooher
Cleveland ranks among the top 20 cities in the United States for public transportation.
A new ranking of the best U.S. cities for public transit ranks the city 19th among 316 U.S. cities. With a public transit score of 47, Cleveland has “some transit,” meaning it offers a few nearby public transportation options, the website said.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority includes trolleys, light rail and the express bus service, HealthLine.
The new transit rankings from the website WalkScore are aimed at helping home and apartment hunters find places to live with the best commutes and transit options.
The Big Apple was No. 1, with a transit score of 81, followed by San Francisco, 80; Boston, 75; Washington, D.C., 70 and Philadelphia, 67. Among Midwest cities, Chicago took the top transit spot, with a transit score of 65. Minneapolis, 58, was next, followed by Milwaukee, 49.
The website stated that older Northeast cities with established subway systems had the highest scores. Boston had a score of 75 and Philadelphia earned a 67.
West Coast cities that have made more recent investments in light rail also scored well. Seattle earned a 57, and Oakland, Calif., had a transit score of 54.
Although cities in the South have an average transit score of 38, many neighborhoods in large Southern cities have high scores, such as downtown Houston, which scored an 88, and the Brickell neighborhood in Miami, 87.
In terms of walkability, Cleveland scores even higher than it does for public transportation options. With a “walk score” of 57, Cleveland is the 16th most walkable large city in the United States, the website states, noting that “some errands can be accomplished on foot” in Cleveland.
Downtown Cleveland, with a score of 87, is the most walkable neighborhood in the city.