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Feb 28
Top 20 Car-Free Cities


If you’re making travel plans for spring break or planning early for this summer, which American cities are the easiest to get around without a car? 

More people are visiting cities and choosing not to rent a car - and instead getting by with cashless services like Uber or Lyft, reports USA Today. Plus, many millennials are simply not getting a driver’s license and prefer not to drive.

MobilityScore, a  map tool from TransitScreen, will provide a ranked score based on how easy it is to use a bus, train, taxi, bike-share or from Uber or Lyft. Simply type an address and get a score. 

Cities with a rich history of public transportation ranked high, with New York City topping the list. Los Angeles made the top 10, based on what MobilityScore called “the growth of LA Metro and significant changes in mobility brought by Uber and Lyft.”

I typed in “1900 Main St., Houston, TX” - the address of METRO’s main administrative building. The score was 100 - excellent mobility, and the site told me: “It’s an ideal place to be, transportation-wise.” It showed me all my options: METRORail, METRO bus, carshare (Zipcar - the rental car that can be rented by the hour with pick-up at multiple locations), Bikeshare with Houston BCycle, and ride hailing (Uber and Lyft).

Then I typed in Memorial City on the west side of town and got a mobility score of 57 - fair. The website said: “ There are some transportation options around you, but not as many as there could be.”

Houston had an average mobility score of 51.01 and scored No. 20 out of the Top 100 best cities to go car-less. 

METRO wants to do better and improve the region’s transportation network. We are developing a plan called METRONext and considering options to build transit that will keep our city moving decades from now. 

Visit METRONext for more details and share your ideas with us. 


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