Philly ranks 10th in sustainable urban transportation in North America

Philly ranks 10th in sustainable urban transportation in North America”

Vancouver comes in third place among 23 North American cities in terms of overall urban transportation system sustainability, according to a new Arcadis study released October 29.

Though New York City ranked first in North America, it ranked 23rd globally, with Hong Kong taking the No. 1 overall spot, followed by Zurich and Paris.

Where NYC excelled compared to other USA cities was in its level of affordability, on its increased access to the internet, its 24/7 service, its comparatively low number of transit-related fatalities, and its higher percentage of use of public transport vs. private vehicles, according to Arcadis.

No city in the United States or Canada makes it into the top 20 cities ranked in the global index.

No American or Canadian city cracked the top 20.

Other metrics Arcadis examined as part of its study included improvements to the transit system, access to multiple modes of transport (like biking, walking, etc.), commuting times, affordability, internet connectivity, and digital mapping and payment tools. Specifically, the study zeroed in on three main pillars of sustainability: People (social), planet (environmental), and profit (economic health). "While some North American cities enjoy well-funded and comprehensive transit systems, most rely heavily on private vehicles and lack developed public transit options".

That's not to say the city's transit system could not be improved, according to the study.

Below are the top ten cities in North America for transit sustainability, and you can see the full global rankings here. Meanwhile, Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and Indianapolis rank in the bottom 20 for high volumes of road fatalities, which are indicative of an ineffective roadway network. NY was the highest-ranking USA city on the world list, at No. 23.

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