New York City
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Former Metro President David Bragdon moved to his original hometown of New York City in 2010 to work for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying New York was working to improve itself while his adopted city of Portland seemed self-congratulatory and complacent.
In terms of ridership per capita and expenditures per boarding ride, New York City has the best transit system in the country by a wide margin. It's the U.S. city with by far the most car-free and low-car residents. This makes it one of the few metro areas that has more public transit trips per capita than Portland.
 Pedestrian commuting rates
Walking to work is about twice as common in New York as in Portland. It's also less concentrated among people in poverty, with New York's lowest-income workers twice as likely to walk to work as middle-income workers.
In Portland and also in Boston, the lowest-paid workers are about three times as likely to walk to work.
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