The CTA ranked a decidedly middling No. 6 in transit score among big cities, behind New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, as determined on a scale developed by Redfin.
New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority earned 84.1 points out of 100, while the CTA got 64.7. According to Redfin:
The Transit Score algorithm calculates a score by summing the relative usefulness of public transit (bus, subway, light rail, ferry, etc.) routes near a given location. Usefulness is defined as the distance to the nearest stop on the route, the frequency of the route, and type of route (with twice as much weight given to heavy/light rail than to bus service). Transit Score is based on data published in General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) format by transit agencies across the country. For a more details on the Transit Score methodology, click here.
The 64.7 Redfin score means Chicago has “good transit – many nearby transportation options.”
Both Chicago’s Walk Score and Bike Score surpassed the Transit Score, at 75 and 70 respectively.
However, Chicago’s Loop neighborhood earned an off-the-charts 99.1 score.
I guess we’re not the Second City anymore.
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