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Alternative Transportation

The 2012 American Community Survey has permitted a reliable ranking of cities by transportation mode share. Chicago ranks 6th in combined walking, biking, and mass transit commuter share among the 60 largest cities, a feel-good showing but not entirely positive. ActiveTrans points out that the combined alternative transport share—34.8%—is barely half NYC's and also far short of D.C.'s, Boston's, and San Fran's. There isn't much balance either, despite our walkable urban core and palpable uptick in cycling: mass transit usage accounts for three-fourths of the 34.8%. [ActiveTrans, rendering: Central Loop BRT]