What is a Transit Score? Why is it important to
you when finding an apartment?
Finding the perfect apartment may take you some time and it can
be hard to know where to start. Many people launch their search by
looking near friends and family, or near work. Wherever you decide
to begin, make sure you take time to evaluate what will suit your
lifestyle. If you like to exercise, you may want to be close to a
gym, bike trails, and nice running routes. If you are a foodie,
look for an area close to hip restaurants and charming cafes.
In addition to a pleasant neighbourhood close to friends and
food, you should consider how you will be getting around. If you
are planning to use public transit, it is essential to know all
your options. Research the type of transit available, the location
of the stops, and how long it will take you to get to wherever you
need to be each day. Keep in mind the hours you keep as well, and
check the frequency of the local routes. Will transit get you home
late at night?
A tool has been developed to help you with this crucial
information. The Transit Score is a measure created by a company
called Walk Score (walkscore.com). Walk Score assesses the
walkability of neighbourhoods. Walkability can be defined many ways
and usually includes: the quality of the sidewalks, the frequency
and variety of buildings, whether or not there is good street
lighting, easy access to amenities such as grocery stores,
restaurants, hospitals, and schools, and access to transit. Walk
Score is often used by apartment seekers in order to assess a
potential home. Transit Score is an equally thorough assessment
tool that has been developed to help people evaluate the quality of
the neighbourhood transit options.
Transit Score is described as "a patented measure of how well a
location is served by public transit on a scale of 0-100." The
higher the score the better the access to good transit. In the
simplest terms, Transit Score looks at a location and measures "the
distance to the nearest stop on the route, the frequency of the
route, and type of route" when coming up with a score. The
following chart details Transit Score's rating system:
World-class public transportation.
Transit is convenient for most trips.
Many nearby public transportation options.
A few nearby public transportation options.
It is possible to get on a
Once you start looking for an apartment you will notice that
many buildings will now list a Transit Score in their "For Rent"
listings. By choosing an apartment with a high score you can look
forward to a better quality of life because you will be living in
an area with well-serviced transit routes. You will avoid spending
hours of your free time waiting for buses and long subway rides.
Good transit will allow you more time to enjoy your new
neighbourhood with your friends and family.