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Top 10 U.S. States by Public Transit

Name the states with the highest percentage of residents who commute to work on public transit.
2018 Data. Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
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First submittedAugust 19, 2017
Last updatedSeptember 30, 2019
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State
28.0
New York
11.7
New Jersey
10.2
Massachusetts
9.4
Illinois
7.9
Maryland
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State
7.0
Washington
5.8
Pennsylvania
5.7
Hawaii
4.9
California
4.5
Virginia
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Aug 19, 2017
There are 15 states where fewer than 1% of people commute to work using public transit.
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level 73
Aug 19, 2017
Safe to say public transportation is not high on America's agenda, although there have been multiple extensions of tram and rail systems in recent years.
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level ∞
Aug 19, 2017
True, although the percentage taking public transit has slowly crawled up over time.
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level 76
Nov 13, 2017
Trying to take Amtrak from my area to an airport or to visit my daughter in Texas is a nightmare. The tracks are owned by Union Pacific so any time a freight train is coming Amtrak has to take a siding until the freight train goes through. That makes schedules off. There are poor connections, too. The train stations in cities aren't located anywhere near airports, metro lines, or bus terminals and cab fare often costs more than the train ticket. It costs $125 to take a transit van from my town to the nearest airport. I think more people in rural areas would use public transportation if it was more reliable and convenient, but it doesn't make sense for the government to spend so much money making upgrades for so few people. It's one of the realities of living in rural America, and it is why we drive ourselves.
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level 72
Aug 13, 2018
Taking Amtrak from Portland, Maine to Boston (i.e., connect to anywhere else) is a 100 mile trip. Amtrak requires you get to Portland by 6:30 AM to make the 12:00 connection between North and South Stations in Boston. Half. A. Mile. Away.
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level 70
Aug 19, 2017
I would bet those 15 states include most of the Midwest states and/or Alaska where most of the population live in rural areas and public transportation is not a need. Also, I got all of the answers mainly because the states are smaller and the large cities are more compact. I was surprised California made the list since I've never been able to get the public transportation to work well for me. By the time I use the system I would have been at work for an hour already. California cities are too spread out for convenient or efficient public transportation use.
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level 79
Aug 21, 2017
In California, it depends on where you are. In the San Francisco Bay Area (about 1/5 of California pop.), public transportation (although increasingly dilapidated) is second only to New York. Within metro Sacramento and a few parts of Southern Cal, it is also pretty good. Elsewhere, you might as well be in Arizona or Texas.
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Aug 22, 2017
I was skeptical @nonono, but you are correct! Among major metro areas, New York is #1 and San Francisco is #2. The next five are DC, Boston, Chicago, Philly, and Seattle.
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level 83
Aug 25, 2017
Public transportation is not only "not needed" in states like North Dakota and Wyoming - it would actually be so inefficient as to be self-defeating.
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level 72
Aug 13, 2018
Maine requires (by deceitful political shenanigans of the Green Party) studies to exhaust all other modes of transportation before building any new state funded road whatsoever. Setting up bike paths along rural, twisting blind roads or putting train tracks down a narrow peninsula will never make sense. So years of time and pocket lining studies means roads rarely get built in a thinly populated but very heavily visited, geographically challenged state.
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level 69
Nov 13, 2017
Try to build a commuter rail system today. Way too many EPA regulations, environmental impact studies, "not in my back yard" people, land acquisitions etc etc etc
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Sep 28, 2019
It's true. Oddly the same politicians who are in most in favor of public transit (in theory) are also the most in favor of putting up insane roadblocks to actually building it. California's failed high speed train is the latest shameful example of this phenomenon. If we want to build better public transit, there needs to be a way to lower the cost and time necessary to build it.
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level 73
Aug 23, 2017
with the exception of PA, the rest are reliably "blue states" too.
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level 60
Nov 13, 2017
Makes sense. Cities tend to vote blue. Rural areas tend to vote red. Bigger cities (and more people) means a bigger need for public transit. Except Texas...
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level 51
Oct 19, 2017
Interesting quiz.
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level 57
Oct 25, 2017
i literally just took this quiz thinking it was cities, rather than states. yikes.
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level 69
Nov 13, 2017
Dammit, me too! I got New York and Washington right at the start too which really threw me off.
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level 49
Nov 13, 2017
Me three..exact same thing 😛
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level 10
Dec 28, 2017
Don't say that!
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level 50
Nov 13, 2017
I thought it said cities! I spent the whole time typing in cities!
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level 66
Nov 13, 2017
I had nine, and I just thought I'd try Illinois. BUUUT the clock was running down and I misspelled Illinois. IMAGINE MY ANGER WHEN THE CLOCK STOPPED!!1
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level 48
Nov 13, 2017
I can NEVER spell Massachusetts correctly and then I always miss it. In almost every quiz ¬¬
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level 38
Mar 14, 2018
New York is number one in this quiz. I bet if you changed the criteria from those who use public transportation most to how reliable that transportation is, NY would come in dead LAST! - NYC especially has the most unreliable subway system I have ever encountered. The same goes for their interstate rail system (Amtrak), as well as local and long distance bus service. I know more than thirty people who have retired early because they were fed-up with being late to work because of the abominable public transportation system.
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Sep 30, 2019
New York does have the longest commute time in the country.
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level 72
Oct 4, 2019
If DC was allowed in this list, would it be at the top? Do you know what the % there is?
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level 72
Oct 5, 2019
Yeah- it's on the link at the top. DC is 34%
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level 57
Oct 10, 2019
Pretty embarrassing stats to be honest.