4. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
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Public transit approval rating among residents: 90.7%Annual trips per person (all residents): 68Percentage of workers who commute by public transit: 12.3%Stations that are ADA accessible: 76.3%Miles traveled using electric power: 36.0%
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) oversees the second largest public transportation system in the country. The two main forms of public transportation in Chicago are the buses, and the “L” (short for “elevated”) train. Some of the “L” trains run 24/7, making travel at any hour convenient. In addition, students enrolled in elementary and high schools are eligible for discounted fares, making public transportation more cost-effective for families.