Forbes just came out with a list of America’s “Top Public Transportation Cities” and, what might come as a surprise to some (but not us!), the city of Hoboken tops the list, thanks to the fact that the city’s public transportation use is higher than any other city in the country, with an estimated 56% of Hoboken’s workforce commuting each day via public transportation.
The city’s aggressive promotion of public transit as well as walking and biking is becoming the stuff of transportation-nerd legend; we’ve written about their terrific initiatives before. Hoboken is so serious about reducing the role of the personal automobile that it partnered with Hertz to initiate the nation’s first car sharing program, which now boasts 42 vehicles and 1,600 members. There are three shuttle bus services running through town and city employees can’t keep up with the demand for bike racks at Hoboken’s PATH station.
Realistically, the current land use patterns in GMTMA’s region aren’t going to get it to the top of this kind of list any time soon. Still, our region is quite transit-rich, with multiple train lines and a large number of bus routes frequenting the area, not to mention all of the various shuttles and vanpools available. To learn more about ways to make your commute less auto-centric, check out our website.