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USN ranks Pittsburgh among 15 best cities for short commutes – cites quality transit, high percent of non-car commuters

Pittsburgh

Average commute time: 23.1 minutes

Non-car commuters: 33.5 percent

Some cities, like New York, have uncommonly extensive Public Transportation systems but also uncommonly huge populaces. Delays are inevitable in any transportation system with so much demand. Pittsburgh is a bit of an anomaly in that it is not a massive city—the population is just over 300,000, with a metro area of 2.4 million—but it has a large public transit system for its size. Pittsburgh’s transit system, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, has a daily ridership of 240,000 on its buses and light rail. The city also has one of the largest bus rapid transit systems in the country, with three bus-only highways. Its light rail system has the 16th-most passenger miles traveled of any light rail in the country, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

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