Survey shows Sacramento public transit in bottom tier of 100 American cities

Even though Sacramento Regional Transit's new general manager Henry Li has been applauded for the improvements he has instituted to the system, a survey suggests more work is needed to take it to the upper echelons of American urban mass transit providers.

In a ranking of transit systems in the 100 largest American cities released today by, ranked Sacramento as the 70th. The best-rated system nationally is Seattle while Indianapolis was the worst.

In their methodology, Wallethub looked at three-factors in their assessment including assessability and convenience; safety and reliability; and public transit resources. Respectively, the categories were weighed at 40, 40, and 20-percent of the total score and have 17 individual metrics.

Sacramento's highest rating was in safety and reliability where it was placed in 44th place. It's lowest category ranking was 90th place for public transit resources while it came in 51st place for assessability and convenience.

A spokesperson for Sacramento Regional Transit did not respond to an email inquiry seeking comment on the findings. Elk Grove Vice Mayor Pat Hume has long served on the transit authority's board of directors. 

WalletHub noted "According to the American Public Transportation Association, 'every $1 invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns.'”

Among California cities rated ahead of Sacramento include in order are San Franciso, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego, Santa Anna, Long Beach, Irvine, Anaheim, San Berardino, Riverside, and Stockton. Cities ranked behind Sacramento are Fresno, and Bakersfield which came in 79th and 87th respectively. 

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