Boston ranks third in public transportation survey

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A new survey ranked Boston as the third best city in the country for public transit.

Yes, you read that right. And this may help you understand why, especially if you’re sitting on a subway train that just died: The ranking uses a population-weighted methodology and is based on the average resident’s access to public transportation in a city.

Walk Score ranked Boston third in the country, behind New York City and San Francisco. The website, which focuses on walkability issues, calculated transit scores for more than 300 cities. New York City earned an 81, San Francisco came in with 80, and Boston got a 75.

“The older Northeast cities with established subway systems have the highest scores. West Coast cities that have made more recent investments in light rail also score well,” Walk Score said in its survey.

The ranking highlights that buying a house or renting an apartment near public transportation is “a smart idea.”

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.


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