Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Philly Among Top Cities Where No One Wants to Drive

We all know that being stuck in a traffic jam every once in a while is miserable, but some cities are worse than others. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

We all know that being stuck in a traffic jam every once in a while is miserable, but some cities are worse than others. Local residents may not be surprised to find that Philadelphia landed on the list of top 10 cities where no one wants to drive.

The website 24/7 Wall St. identified these cities based on the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s report about whether motorization in the nation has peaked.

Cities where no one wants to drive generally have very congested urban centers, highly-accessible public transportation as an alternative to driving and a high percentage of households without cars.

The No. 1 city where no one wants to drive is New York City. With the abundance of taxis and a widespread subway, it is no surprise that many residents consider driving their own car to be a hassle. New York City also has the highest percentage of the population that doesn’t even own a car: 56. 5 percent.

The No. 2 city is Washington, D.C., where 37.9 percent of residents do not own vehicles. Nearly 60 percent of residents chose not to drive to work, instead choosing walking, biking or public transportation to commute.

More than 15 percent of workers in Boston, the No. 3 city, chose to walk to work. Considering 36.9 percent don’t own cars, walking, biking or taking the “T” as their subway system is known, are all easily-accessible options. Many choose to find a home outside the city limits and commute.

Philadelphia is No. 4, since nearly 33 percent of residents here don’t own cars. Many depend on four public transit systems, in addition to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s rail, trolley and buses.

The report also notes that “the city was among the top six urban areas for its walkability, overall transit quality and bikeability.”

San Francisco is an innovator when it comes to transportation, mixing its historic trolleys with a system allowing Silicon Valley companies, such as Google and Apple, to use public bus stops for their corporate commuting shuttles. The city sits at No. 5 on the list.

Other cities that made the top 10 list are Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Seattle.

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