Top 5 Cities with Green Transportation Systems in North American


A new report published by Arcadis ranks the top North American cities with green transportation systems based on the “overall sustainability of urban transportation systems.”
According to that, the cities were measured by ranking measures includes social, environmental, and economic impact.

North American cities rank low compared to European or Asian cities due to the car-centric culture that exists today. However, many cities are striving to provide sustainable, alternative transportation options through various strategies. See what mobility strategies are happening across the nation on the map and download the report for more.

While personal vehicles may be the most common mode of transportation, they aren’t always the most environmentally friendly. This is especially true in populated cities where the public transportation systems can be a lot more energy-efficient with the use of green technology, clean commuting is even more beneficial to the environment.

New York City took the top spot. San Francisco, Vancouver, Montreal, and Washington, D.C., followed, in that order.

Top 5 Cities with Green Transportation Systems

To determine the Top 5 Green Transportation Cities, several factors were taken into consideration, as the average time spent commuting and the system’s hours of operation, how reliable the transportation system is, how much coverage they provide and the system’s ability to lower emissions. Other factors include access to multiple transit modes, bicycle infrastructure, affordability of public transit, digital mapping and payment capabilities, internet connectivity, and more.

Here are the top five North American cities with green transportation systems, according to data from the Sustainable Cities Mobility Index by Arcadis.

New York City

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New York City

New York City, being the most populous city in the United States, has a transportation system which includes one of the largest subway systems in the world; the world’s first mechanically ventilated vehicular tunnel; and an aerial tramway.
The subway system is one of the most developed in the world. Millions of people use New York’s public transportation to get across the city without driving their own vehicles. That helps keep more cars off the roads and fewer emissions in the atmosphere.

San Francisco

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San Francisco

The City by the Bay offers public transportation options, but they aren’t quite as popular to use as they are in New York. However, San Francisco also offers many initiatives for green energy. There are many electric vehicles in the city, for example.

San Francisco is becoming a model of how to work successfully with businesses and community groups to phase in and scale up sustainable transportation policies that make an immediate local and citywide impact.


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The transportation system is aiming for allow for personal freedoms and environmental benefits to coexist, making sure there are many sustainable options to get around. Gas-fueled vehicles accounted for approximately 37% of our total emissions in 2017.

The city scored well in terms of system maintenance, air pollution and incentives to promote the use of electric vehicles, especially the public transportation systems.

Montreal Green Transportation Systems


According to a new report from the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Mobility Index, Montreal ranks as the fourth greenest transportation city in North America. The city ranked well for green transportation options with well-organized subway and easy for passengers to use. Montreal’s public transportation is an environmentally-friendly choice.

Montréal is home to a rapidly-growing sector of clean transport innovators, and their work is changing the face of it.

Washington DC

Washington DC

The United States’ capital ranks well for clean commuting with diverse range of national parks, including the National Mall, residents are often found walking to their next destination.

Washington, DC was the first city in North America to launch a bike-share system, which now has more than 4,000 bikes.

While the above cities top the North American none of them find a place in the international cities rank, according to the data from Arcadis.

Check our International Cities Top the List post to find out who top the number one position in the world.

The top European cities ranked well due to their organized metro systems and efficient infrastructure. These cities also use a lot of green technology in their transportation efforts, which means they release fewer carbon emissions.

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