We work with a lot of city halls and municipal buildings that want to measure their sustainable transit options. The #smartcities movement is alive and well, and we couldn’t be happier for it. But which city hall has the most mobility options available? Here are the top 10.
3. Washington, DC – 98
That was a close one! Thank goodness we could include our hometown on this list. With a MobilityScore of 98, DC’s city hall is tied for the third highest score. The John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue is near several Metro stations, multiple bus lines, and plenty of Capital Bikeshare stations.
3. Houston – 98
Houston’s art deco city hall ties with the nation’s capital for a MobilityScore of 98. This might surprise you — Houston hasn’t exactly been known for transit-oriented development. But the city’s METRO agency redesigned its bus network in 2015 and has seen ridership increase by more than 6 percent in just a year.
2. Austin – 99
Austin City Hall, newly built in 2004 out of recycled materials and featuring solar panels, has an excellent MobilityScore of 99. How do they make the most of it? Visitors can see all their options — Capital Metro rail and bus, Austin B-Cycle bikeshare, car2go, Zipcar, and more — on two TransitScreens.
2. San Antonio – 99
Would you have guessed yet a third city in Texas would make this list? San Antonio also clocks in at a MobilityScore of 99, with close proximity to virtually all VIA bus lines, several bikeshare stations, and great walkability.
1. Oakland – 100
The top six spots on our list all tied for a MobilityScore of 100. Oakland City Hall — once the tallest building west of the Mississippi — is located in the heart of downtown Oakland, California. The three-story building, at 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, is served by AC Transit lines, Zipcar, Chariot, and a host of other new mobility options.
1. Baltimore – 100
Bohs, O’s, and Mobility — that’s what Baltimore does. With access to subway, light rail, two different bus providers, bikeshare (with electric bikes!) and more, it’s no wonder that the largest city in Maryland has a perfect MobilityScore.
1. Seattle – 100
This shouldn’t surprise you — Seattle is a hotbed of great mobility practices right now. Of the 45,000 jobs added to its downtown area in the past five years, only 5 percent involve driving a personal car. Additionally, the city is home to some of the best TDM practicing companies around — Seattle Children’s Hospital, for one.
1. San Francisco – 100
San Francisco’s city hall also has a perfect MobilityScore, due in no small part to the sheer number of options available. If you’re trying to get around the downtown area, you can choose from: MUNI buses and streetcars, SamTrans, AC Transit, Golden Gate bus, Zipcar, Ford GoBike bikeshare.
1. Philadelphia – 100
The City of Brotherly Love has a lot of love for transit, too — its city hall is in direct proximity to nearly all Philly’s mobility options. SEPTA, the region’s transit agency, has not only bus and subway, but also trolley and rail. All four converge in the downtown, making 1 Penn Square as centrally located as can be.
1. Chicago – 100
Topping off our list of perfect scores is Chicago. This city hall is located in extremely close proximity of all CTA “L” lines, many CTA bus lines, and plenty of Divvy bikeshare stations. Divvy is one of the most active bikeshare systems in the country, due in no small part to its network of bike lanes spanning 225 miles.