3. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa.
Transit coverage: 89.6 percent (7th highest)
Service frequency (minutes): 4.5 (the highest)
Jobs reachable in 90 minutes: 36.6 percent (25th highest)
Walk score: 85.3 (the highest)
Commuters who bike: 0.52 percent (32nd highest)
New York City ranks first in the nation for total number of passenger trips and government spending per capita on public transit, according to US News. It also has the highest rate of service frequency. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 2010 operating budget was $13.4 billion. The average weekday ridership for the city is estimated to be over 8.4 million trips. The city also has the highest walk score on this list, thanks to the ability of city dwellers to reach just about any amenity on foot.