7. Portland, Oregon

September 12, 2018

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Congestion level: 29%Average commute time: 25.6 minutes% of commuters using public transit: 12.1%% of commuters who walk to work: 6.0%

Bus, light rail, and commuter rail options in Portland abound, but only a little more than a tenth of Portland commuters end up taking advantage of public transit on a daily basis. Portland’s revolutionary light rail system, MAX, was opened in the late 1980s but now faces obsolescence. Its trains only run every half hour or so, and are known to be slower and have insufficient capacity to accommodate regular commuters.