Walk Score Now Providing Transit Info

Posted by at 10:33 pm on August 15, 2010

Seatle Transit Score Map

Walk Score has launched Transit Score, custom commute reports, and a home and transportation costs calculator aiming to empower anyone to quickly understand the proximity of public transportation, their commuting options and associated costs.

“The costs of driving to and from work and daily activities are only growing, and the time spent in traffic is lost forever,” said Josh Herst, Walk Score CEO. “Walk Score’s new Transit Score and commute reports make it easy for consumers to quickly understand how much the location of their home and workplace impacts their daily lives.”

What’s your Transit Score?

Transit Score provides a 0-100 rating indicating how well an address is served by public transportation. Ratings range from “Rider’s Paradises” where multiple transit options are available within a quarter of a mile to areas with limited or no nearby public transportation.

The Transit Score rating is currently available in over 30 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. For a list of cities where Transit Score is available, see http://www.walkscore.com/transit-score.php.

What will your commute be like?

Walk Score now enables customers to type in an address and get a summary of commuting options, including the time it would take to get to your work, school or other location by car, bike and foot and lists nearby public transit stops and routes. The customized commute report also includes a visual representation of the hills between your home and work to better understand how bikable or walkable the route may be.

Walking, biking and driving directions are provided by Google Maps. Public transit information is available from over 100 public transit agencies that provide open access to their transit feeds. For a complete list see http://www.citygoround.org.

Transportation Links with Affordability

For most families, transportation is the second largest household expense. Walk Score’s new home and transportation costs calculator makes it easier for people to understand the true costs of owning or renting in a particular location. Based on a few simple pieces of information, the calculator generates an estimated monthly amount that includes housing and transportation costs.

“Transportation is often a hidden cost in deciding where to live. By integrating the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Housing + Transportation (H+T(SM)) Affordability Index with Walk Score, we are now making it easier for customers to understand whether a house is truly affordable,” says Scott Bernstein, president and founder of CNT.

Transit Score on Your Site

Building on the success of the Walk Score API and Amenity Map currently used by over 4,000 websites, today Walk Score also launched the Public Transit API which enables Web developers to easily add public transportation information to their websites.

With the Public Transit API, real estate and other website owners can show nearby public transit stops on a map, show a text description of nearby transit stops and routes, and show the Transit Score of a specific location.

For more information about the Public Transit API, please visit http://www.walkscore.com/services.

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