Philly among top 10 in transit study

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Roughly 171

A new study shows Philadelphia is among the country’s elite when it comes to mass transit use. 

About 171,000 city workers choose mass transit on a daily basis in the city of Philadelphia — and even commuters take buses or trains in the suburbs.

 AJ Smith of Smart Asset, which did the national mass transit study, ranks the city ninth in the country.

“We decided to look at a couple of different factors, including how many people use public transportation,” she said. “We looked at the average commute time for transit users, then we looked at the commute time for transit users and the commute time for car commuters.”

The Philadelphia balance was very good, Smith said.

“Philadelphia had a difference of 46 percent,” she said. “If you are using your car, it was 30.1 minutes. If you are using public transit, it’s 44 minutes.”

Washington, D.C., was rated first in the survey.  New York came in fifth and Pittsburgh placed eighth.

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