Portland ranked second best car-free city
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Portland's transit coverage makes it a great place to live without a car. It also saves riders cash.
The Portland-Vancouver Metro area was ranked the second-best city to live car-free in a recent report by 24/7 Wall Street.
Portland came in behind the San Francisco Bay Area but beat out the greater New York City region. Seattle came in at No. 5 behind Honolulu, the city with the most comprehensive transit coverage in the U.S., according to the ranking.
Portland's car-free-friendly attributes were identified as:
- Transit coverage of 83.5 percent — 13th highest in the nation. TriMet was called out by name for its frequent service and Rail Free Zone.
- Nearly 40 percent of jobs are reachable within a 90-minute car-free commute.
- The city boasts an average walk score of 66.3 — a score out of 100 — with many neighborhoods scoring much higher.
- And Portland's biking credibility also boosted its overall score. The ranking cited figures that 2.23 percent of commuters travel by bike (we've seen higher numbers), the second-highest city score.
In addition, the American Public Transportation Association this week released a Transit Savings Report indicating that Portland was ranked No. 11 for transit-based savings, calculated based on the price of a monthly transit pass compared against average local parking and gas prices.
The report found that Portland transit commuters are saving $856 per month by not driving their own cars, for a total annual rate of $10,272.
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