Follow us:

Brier Dudley's blog

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.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►