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US Canada lack urban mobility

New index reveals US and Canadian cities rank low in sustainable mobility

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Rendering: New York's MTA will put new Bombardier R179 subway cars into service later this year. © Bombardier

While New York City may be the top-ranked North American city in terms of sustainable urban mobility, it still has a long way to go. That's the conclusion drawn from the Sustainable Cities Mobility Index 2017, recently released by Ardis, a leading global design and consultancy firm based in the Netherlands.
Cities were indexed based on the cumulative score of three assessable metrics: People, Planet, and Profit. The People sub-index measures transport access, use, and safety relative to quality of life. The Planet sub-index evaluates environmental impacts including "green" factors like energy, pollution and emissions. The Profit sub-index gauges the effciency and reliability of mobility systems in facilitating economic growth.
Of the 100 world cities surveyed, the Big Apple landed at number 23, ahead of the other 23 North American cities indexed, but falling far short of Asian and European cities like Hong Kong, Zurich, Paris, Seoul, and Prague (the top five). San Francisco and Vancouver were the only other North American cities to score among the top 30.

Sustainable Cities Mobility 2017:
Top 10 US & Canadian Cities
RankCity NameRankCity Name
23New York46Boston
26San Francisco49Chicago
42Washington DC57Philadelphia

Other US and Canadian cities indexed received mediocre-to-poor grades with most North American cities ranked in the bottom half of the 100-city survey. There were some surprises. Despite it's global ranking of 52, Miami managed to land among North America's top ten, just ahead of Toronto. Perhaps most disappointing was the meager performance of transit-conscious Los Angeles and Seattle, assigned rankings of 72 and 74 respectively.
The complete Sustainable Cities Mobility Index 2017 is available for download.


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