A new study has revealed the best cities around the world for transportation services, naming Hong Kong as number one following an assessment of a wide range of varying factors that include the environmental impact of public services, the social and human implications of transportation and the reliability of facilities for economic growth in the future.
Correlated by design and consultancy firm, Arcadis, as part of their sustainable cities mobility index 2017, the project saw 23 individual indicators being broken up into three different categories, people, planet and profit. Each city received a score on each of the pillars of sustainability, with the city’s overall score being evaluated against the data. The wide range of different factors that were examined included wheelchair access on buses and at metro stations in each of the cities, Wi-Fi on public transport, access to transport services, hours of metro accessibility, greenhouse gas emissions, congestion and delays, efforts to lower emissions, electric vehicle incentives, commuting travel time and affordability of public transport.
By region, European cities ranked most consistently, taking up seven of the top ten spots, with Zurich, Paris and Prague being the highest-placed European cities, ranking second, third and fourth respectively. Hong Kong took the top spot thanks to its innovative and well-connected metro network and a high share of trips taken by public transport. Other Asian cities ranked highly also, taking three of the top ten spots.
The top ten best cities around the world for transportation were determined as follows: