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The Brookings Institution has evaluated the transit systems for the 100 largest urban areas in the country, and Tucson’s SunTran system came in at number four.
Share of Jobs Reachable in 90 Minutes: 58.2%
Tucson has one of the nation’s shortest public transit waits, with typical service averaging under 10 minutes. Under tight revenue conditions, bus fares will increase by up to a third. Sun Tran, the public transit agency, is planning to expand service.
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ADDITION: MAY 20, 2011
The New York Times published some interesting commentary on this study here. Tucson, with a ridership of just 2.5%, ranks #4, while New York City, with a phenomenal ridership of 30.4%, rates #13. Go figure! According to the author:
The Brookings study collected some pretty interesting data, and it picked a worthwhile subject. They just asked the wrong question, focusing on access to public transit rather than considering a commuter’s choices.
The Brookings rankings are based on two criteria. First, what percentage of a metro area’s residents live within three-quarters of a mile of a public transportation stop. And second, what percentage of commutes to work can be made within 90 minutes using public transit.
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