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Check out Walk Score’s New Transit Score Tool!

This is so cool

I just lifted this quote from the walkscore website because their explanation is way better than mine about what a transit score is.

Transit score is a measure of how well a location is served by public transit. Transit Scores are based on schedule data released in a standard format by public transit agencies.   To calculate a Transit Score, we assign a “usefulness” value to nearby transit routes based on the frequency, type of route (rail, bus, etc.), and distance to the nearest stop on the route. The “usefulness” of all nearby routes is summed and we normalize this to a score between 0 – 100.”

I feel like this is really unique tool for agents to use, especially in cities with great public transit systems.   There is a widget for the transit score should you wish to have it on your website but it appears there is some cost affiliated with it.  There are heat maps for particular neighborhoods and even some estimates on what transportation would cost in some of those areas which would be extremely helpful in evaluating a “hidden” cost of home ownership.  My city is not yet represented but you can ask to have your city signed up here.

Finally, I stumbled in to this really awesome tool where you can check your city’s average walk score and see it on a heat map and also click on the most walkable neighborhoods in your city.  Again, what an amazing thing to be able to create maps or links for your clients to research.

I am certainly starting to see folks become more interested in this issue as Americans are starting to see the light that being completely dependant on vehicles is not only expensive, it’s not healthy.   Hopefully this will give you some additional tools in your bag to provide relevant data should this question come up in your area.

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Anna Altic – Village Real Estate Services. I’ve called Nashville home for the last 15 years and have been practicing (practice being the key word here) real estate for just over 6 years. In the fall of 2007, I went to a local German Festival that had a home tour, including a LEED certified property, and I instantly became enamored with the idea of eco friendly living (ok, so I’d had a little beer and the dual flush toilet rocked my world). I have since devoted much of my time and energies in to studying and espousing the benefits of better building technology within our local residential market and my proudest accomplishment thus far has been successfully leading the initiative to get over 25 green features added to our MLS search fields.

24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. mike

    August 25, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I am familiar with the site. As of yet it is too new a concept for most of the transit authorities to be complicit. My zip only has open transit data for 2 of 13 authorities. Each user needs to fill out the form, which will be forwarded to the TA public relations dept, who will eventually jump on board. It will take time to build the data base, but it’s a great site.

  2. stephanie crawford

    August 26, 2010 at 1:12 am

    This is very cool. I bet it takes forever for Nashville to get on the list (Anna and I live in the same city). We have terrible public transit IMHO. Although I did use the free Green Circuit to get downtown from the Gulch recently. Of course, you know the city will discontinue that service eventually. It mush be costing them a fortune!

  3. Joe Loomer

    August 27, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Thanks, Anna! Unfortunately – despite being the second largest city in the state, Augusta isn’t on there yet. We’re the biggest sleeply little holler in the world….

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

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