Study: MBTA ranked third best transit system in US

According to a new study, Boston’s public transportation system is the third best in the United States. 

According to SmartAsset, the list of best public transportation systems in the U.S. includes Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Oakland. 

To reach these numbers SmartAsset looked at US Census Bureau data on the use of public transportation in every city with a population of more than 175,000 people. 

The company took into consideration the average commute time for transit users, percentage difference between average commute times of car commuters and transit users, percentage of commuter who use public transit, total number of commuters who use public transit and the difference between city wide median income and median income of transit users. 

SmartAsset found that public transit is gaining steam, as the number of users increased from 2011 in all cities analyzed. 

In Boston, the MBTA handles about 390 million riders per year. The percentage of commuters than primarily use transit to get to work in Boston is 34 percent, the fifth highest in the US, according to smart asset. 

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