August 19, 2010

Transit Score

San Francisco Transit Heat Map
Covering more than 40 US cities, Transit Score is a web utility that assesses how well a neighbourhood is served by public transport. Transit Scores are based on schedule data released in a standard format by public transit agencies. To calculate a Transit Score, assign a "usefulness" value to nearby transit routes based on the frequency, type of route (rail, bus, etc.), and distance to the nearest stop on the route. The "usefulness" of all nearby routes is summed and they normalize this to a score between 0 - 100.

Boston Transit Heat Map
Seattle Transit Heat Map
Transit Score was developed on the back of Walk Score, a far more developed utility, which is designed to help people find a walkable place to live by calculating a Walk Score for any address. They have sampled the Walk Score of 1,123,855 locations in the largest 40 U.S. cities to rank 2,508 neighborhoods on walkability. San Francisco comes out top of the rankings as the city with the most walkable neighbourhoods.

San Francisco Walkability Map
Boston Walkability Map
Seattle Walkability Map
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