Hong Kong has been given the title of “world’s top city for public transit”, according to a new study by consulting firm Oliver Wyman and the University of California, Berkeley. The transport network of Hong Kong is admired not only for being reasonable, but also because it has high station density and a quite maintained railway infrastructure. The researchers say that there is still some room for improvement and suggest the use of a smartphone app with an aim that it will help travelers to better navigate the city.
As the infographic pictures that most of the worlds’ popular public transportation networks are in Europe. Zurich takes the second spot, followed by Stockholm (3rd), Helsinki (5th), Oslo (6th), Paris (8th), Berlin (9th) and London (10th). At the opposite end and on the lowest of rankings lie Riyadh (57th), Nairobi (59th) and Jeddah (60th).
There is a major impact of the strength of a city’s public transport system on the lifestyle of its residents. The report provides details by saying: “an efficiently run system can not only encourage workers and tourists to travel through cities but can provide more equal opportunity access to additional mobility modes, jobs, shopping centers, and more.”
The pandemic has brought many changes to how things used to be previously. Today, there are more people who work from home and do not commute quite frequently. The report writers point out that if the transit system is not able to gain some of those riders back then there would be great risks. The risks they have discussed are: risk of loss of jobs of people who operate these transports, which could lead to more private travel, thus increased road congestion and road fatalities, as well as increase in noise, light and air pollution.
The study evaluated public transportation systems in 60 major cities around the world. The ranks were decided on the basis of factors such as the infrastructure, social impact, market attractiveness, system efficiency and network innovation. The Public Transit sub-index contributes to the study’s overall Urban Mobility Readiness Index 2022. According to the wider study, a total of nine U.S. cities have made it onto the Urban Mobility Readiness list of 60. These include San Francisco (1st), New York (11th), Chicago (12th), Boston (13th) Washington D.C. (14th), Los Angeles (17th), Atlanta (23rd), Houston (27th), and Dallas (28th).
Infographic by: statista
Infographic by: statista