Best Cities for Commuting & Travel

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  • Best Cities for Commuting & Travel

    Commuting and travel back and forth from school and home can be a real pain, especially if you are a daily commuter student, but it is considerably worse in some cities. One would think that any major metropolitan area would be designed with commuters in mind, and although that is technically true many would argue that most metropolitan areas still have serious problems.

    Major highways are so busy that it can take hours to drive anywhere, and public transportation is often even more inconvenient. Even commuting to major transportation hubs such as airports and train stations seems to be more trouble than it’s worth.

    On the other hand, there are some cities that seem to get it right. They are nearly perfectly designed for commuters, even those who don’t have their own vehicles. It’s incredibly easy to get where you’re going in these cities, and it’s a big reason why people choose to call them home.

    There are several factors that determine what cities are best for commuting and travel. For some cities, it could be a matter of having wide roads and plenty of routes for vehicles. Others might have reliable public transportation systems and popular destinations that can be reached on foot. For whatever reason, here are just some of the best cities for commuters.

    Cambridge, Mass.

    Cambridge boasts a rate of 25 percent pedestrian commuters, the highest percentage in the United States, according to the 2000 census. Lots of popular destinations can be reached by foot, and those that cannot are easily accessible via Boston’s MBTA rapid transit system, which has two stops on two lines in Cambridge.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    While many large cities have reliable public transportation systems, they also have large populations that cause delays and overcrowding on buses and trains. Pittsburgh is a bit of an anomaly in that it has a relatively small size and population, yet it has a large and convenient public transportation system
    compared to other major metropolitan areas.

    Boulder, CO

    The city of Boulder features more than 300 miles of bike lanes, making it a popular location for those who like to commute by bicycle. For those who would rather not ride their bikes everywhere, Boulder also has a Regional Transportation District with dozens of bus lines.

    Davis, CA

    Like most cities that are dominated by a college campus, Davis is very popular with bike commuters. In 2005 the city was awarded a "platinum level" as a bike-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. It is the only city in the United States to receive that title.

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Ann Arbor is a major business hub, so naturally the city is all but designed for those who commute to their places of employment. The headquarters of Google’s AdWords service, JSTOR, and Weather Underground are all located in Ann Arbor, and all of them are easily accessible to pedestrians or by those traveling via public transportation.

    New Haven, CT

    Most major metropolitan areas in the United States are full of commuters and business professionals during the day, but they practically turn into ghost towns at night. It would seem that people like to work downtown, but they don’t like to live there. New Haven is an exception to that rule. 7,000 people live in downtown New Haven, making it very commuter-friendly for those who live and work in the area.

    This article was provided by Samanth Greenbaum, earth-friendly, storage-saavy, informed commuter. If you are a California resident with more posessions (or cars) than your home can handle, Samantha suggests looking into San Francisco storage units.

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