National Public Transportation Ranking Reveals Charlotte’s Standing Among Peer Cities
TOP 5 & BOTTOM 5
CITIES WITH THE BEST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
The City of Charlotte was ranked number 97 out of 100 in a recent transportation ranking by WalletHub. The study analyzed metrics related to the share of commuters who use public transit, their age, number of injuries, hours spent in traffic, and more. A sample of 100 cities were awarded points in three categories: (1) Accessibility and Convenience, (2) Safety and Reliability and (3) Public Transit Resources. Charlotte received slightly over 40 points. Seattle topped the ranking with almost 78 points and Indianapolis closed the list with a little over 21 points.
The Prosperity for Greater Charlotte Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) identifies public transit as one of the key priorities to address in regional economic development. People should be able to efficiently move throughout the region to successfully drive economic growth. The CEDD promotes the alignment of economic development with regional transit projects, while monitoring demographic and employment patterns. The CEDD works with regional partners to manage and implement economic components of – for example – the Greater Charlotte Regional Transit Plan.
The Greater Charlotte Regional Transit Plan initiative is a partnership between the Planning department at the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG), the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) and the Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) policy board. The initiative stems from the three-year planning process known as CONNECT Our Future and acknowledges that – if the greater Charlotte area is to remain competitive nationally and globally – a regional shared vision and plan for transit and implementation strategies are necessary.