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Old 04-22-2016, 07:50 PM
 
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Which of the cheaper sunbelt warm cities has the best public transport? Already know about san diego. What about Atlanta? Looking for someplace warm and don't want to drive. Thanks.
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:04 PM
 
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Is San Diego the upper limit you are using to define a cheap sunbelt city? Just wanted clarification so people don't name cities that are not cheap.
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Old 04-23-2016, 02:52 AM
 
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Definitely not Myrtle Beach or Charleston. Probably Miami or Atlanta. Might be Las Vegas though.

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Old 04-23-2016, 10:24 AM
 
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In searching this question, I mostly found lists including all cities usually based on ridership per capita. I think it's pretty well accepted that southern states rank lower on public transport than northern states, but no study compares southern cities on this measure. Also I'm not sure ridership per capita is the best measure. I am guessing atlanta with marta ranks higher than most southern cities, but I guess no one here has a clue.

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Old 04-23-2016, 10:38 AM
 
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In searching this question, I mostly found lists including all cities usually based on ridership per capita. I think it's pretty well accepted that southern states rank lower on public transport than northern states, but no study compares southern cities on this measure. Also I'm not sure ridership per capita is the best measure. I am guessing atlanta with marta ranks higher than most southern cities, but I guess no one here has a clue.
I wouldn't rely solely on the ridership numbers. Houston has higher ridership than Dallas, but it's nowhere near as extensive (mileage wise) as Dallas's. I think you should first map out the public transit system in the major southern cities -- Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami, etc. Figure out where they go, where the major employment centers are located, where the walkable amenities are located, cost of living, etc. Probably the best bet is to post on each of the CD forums for those cities and find out more information about their individual public transit. One city may have more frequent stops, but lack walkable amenities (e.g. Grocery store, pharmacy) and pedestrian friendly design.
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Old 04-23-2016, 03:30 PM
 
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I'd say Dallas and Atlanta.
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Old 04-23-2016, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I don't think Dallas is a runaway over Houston like many people say. Dallas has the more extensive rail system with a higher ridership. Houston ridership per mile is higher. But DART bus is no match for metro in Houston. Houston is more extensive and more reliable when it comes to the bis.

In the sunbelt, I'd say rail is easily Atlanta unless you want to count LA. Bus is Houston then Miami.
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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imo, the cities to be considered are Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and Charlotte. I think I could probably survive in all of them without driving but it would be fairly inconvenient (also note I've never used Charlotte's public transit)
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:12 PM
 
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imo, the cities to be considered are Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and Charlotte. I think I could probably survive in all of them without driving but it would be fairly inconvenient (also note I've never used Charlotte's public transit)
I always forget that NoLa is technically the Sunbelt. Since it is such an old, urban, historic city, it's very walkable and has a few trolley lines. It's not as easy to get around without a car as a city like NYC or Chicago, but it's definitely doable. When I visited a friend there, I asked about it. She said a lot of the older population that was born and raised in the city doesn't drive. The newer generations and transplants drive more often, but it seemed like it wasn't too difficult to get around the city without a car. It's pretty compact and dense. Every neighborhood seems to have its own neighborhood bars and cafes that everyone walks to since the grid system is more conducive to walking than is the sprawl of most suburban Sunbelt cities.

New Orleans has 4 streetcar lines and a few expansions and new lines are U/C or being planned. With the grid system, the bus system is pretty easy I've heard. I didn't take the public transit when I visited since it was a short vacation and my friend had a car to drive us around, but she did say that taking public transit is ok in the city. I'm sure that's relative in terms of Sunbelt cities though.
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:02 PM
 
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imo, the cities to be considered are Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and Charlotte. I think I could probably survive in all of them without driving but it would be fairly inconvenient (also note I've never used Charlotte's public transit)
You can survive in parts of DFW without a car. It is really dependent, however, on the hours and locations of your work and home, since some suburbs have no public transportation at all, while others only have service in select areas.
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