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Old 08-27-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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besides New York. Hello, I'm new here and never thought about joining until recently as it was brought to attention to just join and ask questions BEFORE I decide where I want to move. Here's my deal: I currently reside in the south ....practically the middle of nowhere and one NEEDS to have a car. I've wanted to relocate to a big city for YEARS...if I want to go way back then I would say since I was 7 years old. Hasn't happened yet (and I'm getting old)...though I did just come back from a short stint abroad last June. I'm not opposed to having a car but for me it is just easier to pack up and go with everything in my suitcases/catch a flight and go from there...if I have to buy a car at some point then I'd have to buy a car. But honestly, I would prefer somewhere with decent public transporation; it doesn't have to be great but decent and of course safe. I've wanted to move to southern California in the past but always paused because I read that you MUST have a car there since it's so spread out and the public transporation is a joke...this is just what I read. What about other cities? Those who are living in fairly medium-large cities can you post whether or not a public transport system exists or not....whether it's decent or not? I guess I'm open to many different places provided I do my research and narrow it down but I really want to leave the southern region of the U. S. To be honest, I'm not too keen on the midwest either but would consider it (I think Chicago has a good public transport system?) but somewhere like Minnesota is out. Though...for me, it's all about the right opportunity (job market plays a big role). I'm open to places with diversity. By the way, I've already done a preliminary search on this topic already and didn't quite find what I was looking for...

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Old 08-27-2013, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Here
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You can live and work in the Chicago area without needing to own a car, but you can own one if you want to.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:14 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago.

Southern California is a joke, in terms of public transportation. It's too spread out and large for public transportation to be efficient.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago.

Southern California is a joke, in terms of public transportation. It's too spread out and large for public transportation to be efficient.
Yes, I already know about New York (hence what I said in my post, lol) but I'm not sure how I feel about Washington, D. C. You mentioned San Francisco and I see that you live there. Can you tell me a little more about it? Do you personally use the public transporation? If so, do you like it?
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Aside from the New York, the most robust transit networks are in:

- Chicago
- Washington, DC
- Boston
- Philadelphia
- San Francisco

These are cities where you will find at least 25% of the population using public transportation daily, which is a pretty good proxy for extensiveness of the network.

Honorable mentions would be Seattle and Atlanta.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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I think Seattle has good transportation. Best, after New York, are Washington, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago--not necessarily in that order. I've heard more than one person say they managed very well in Los Angeles without a car. It is very far flung but people do figure it out.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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I think Seattle has good transportation. Best, after New York, are Washington, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago--not necessarily in that order. I've heard more than one person say they managed very well in Los Angeles without a car. It is very far flung but people do figure it out.
I was wondering where Philadelphia fit in...
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:55 PM
 
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Portland is very good too
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:35 PM
 
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I think Seattle has good transportation. Best, after New York, are Washington, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago--not necessarily in that order. I've heard more than one person say they managed very well in Los Angeles without a car. It is very far flung but people do figure it out.
LA does have a decent mass transit system. Other sunbelt cities that are good with mass transit are Atlanta and the Miami metro area in the south along with Dallas.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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I was wondering where Philadelphia fit in...
It's right up there with Chicago and Washington DC when it comes to transportation.

Philly rail options
Commuter rail lines: 15
Subway lines: 3
Light rail lines: 8
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