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Can you get by without a car? New tool will tell you based on your exact location

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TransitScreen’s MobilityScore measures access to public transit and other alternatives

bus in D.C. Shutterstock

So we all know that car-free living is better for the environment and for health, but we can’t all live in Giethoorn, right? A new tool from TransitScreen, which offers live transportation information displays, calculates precisely how accessible a place is to public transit and other transit alternatives. MobilityScore rates a location from 0 to 100 based on its proximity to public transit like buses, trains, and taxis, and also ride-hailing, ride-sharing, and bike-sharing opportunities.

It’s a fast way to gauge whether you can get by without a car in any given location, though the calculations are currently limited to just the country’s top 35 urban areas. To use it, just plug in an address or click anywhere on the map of the serviced regions and you’ll get a score between 0 and 100, with a higher score meaning more transportation options. The result is also further broke down by ease of access to the four different transit categories.

TransitScreen installed at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

“Transportation is continually evolving, yet as new choices including ridesharing, bikesharing and carsharing emerge, tools for measuring transportation access have not kept up,” said Dr. Matt Caywood, co-founder and CEO of TransitScreen.

“We created MobilityScore as the solution, a common framework that is future proof and can incorporate current and future transportation choices.”