A new ranking has declared Toronto’s subway system as the third best in North America, placing it above major U.S. cities like Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle.
According to Walk Score, Toronto has great transit, with “a subway system, streetcars extensive bus service and GO Transit rail lines serving the outer suburbs.” The website, which promotes walkable neighbourhoods as the simplest and best solutions for the environment, health and economy, gave Toronto a transit score of 78.1, which is the third highest score on the list.
Transit scores are a measure of how well a location is served by public transit. Walk Score calculates these values using collected data on transit frequency, type of routes (rail, bus, etc.) and distances between stops.
The highest possible transit scores are those that fall between 90 and 100. Such scores indicate world-class public transportation. Toronto’s transit score is between 70 to 89, which means its transit system is considered “excellent” and “convenient for most trips.”
Toronto’s high ranking may come to the surprise of Torontonians who often complain that the city’s subway lines are slow, too hot in the summer and not expansive enough. A comparison of Toronto’s subway system to those of other major cities like London and Paris reveals just how tiny it really is.
Nevertheless, the ranking is still very much flattering, especially when considering that Toronto was only surpassed by New York and San Francisco, which have transit scores of 80.4 and 84.1, respectively.