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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

April 26, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Walk Score adds Transit Score, ranking U.S. city transit

Walk Score, an online service that rates the walkability and transit-friendliness of neighborhoods, is releasing its first national ranking of transit systems in the U.S.

The Seattle startup produces Transit Scores for particular locations — block by block — with an algorithm that calculates the “usefulness” of nearby routes. Criteria for usefulness include distance to the nearest stop and routes’ frequency and type.

Here are the top 10 cities in its first ranking of city transit systems:

1. New York (Transit Score: 81)

2. San Francisco (Transit Score: 80)

3. Boston (Transit Score: 74)

4. Washington, D.C. (Transit Score: 69)

5. Philadelphia (Transit Score: 68)

6. Chicago (Transit Score: 65)

7. Seattle (Transit Score: 59)

8. Miami (Transit Score: 57)

9. Baltimore (Transit Score: 57)

10. Portland (Transit Score: 50)

Walk Score was started in 2007 by Matt Lerner and Jesse Kocher who first met at Brown University. Later they started a Web development software company and sold it to Microsoft in 2001. Walk Score raised $2 million from angel investors in January.

The company’s scores are provided to real estate sites to help renters and home shoppers find suitable neighborhoods. It’s delivering more than 6 million scores a day to more than 15,000 sites.

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