Sustainable Cities Mobility Index

Bold moves are needed to create sustainable mobility

Mobility is critical for the vitality of any modern city; however, no North American city makes it into the top 20 ranked cities in our first Global Sustainable Cities Mobility Index. North American cities must implement innovative strategies to meet the mobility needs of our communities today and into the future.

How are cities across North America improving their pathway toward sustainable mobility?

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North America Ranking

Alleviating the reliance on personal vehicles

Overall, North American cities rank low compared to European or Asian cities due to the car-centric culture that exists today. However, many cities are striving to provide sustainable, alternative transportation options through various strategies. See what mobility strategies are happening across the nation on the map and download the report for more.

1 New York 13 Los Angeles
2 San Francisco 14 New Orleans
3 Vancouver 15 Seattle
4 Montreal 16 Pittsburgh
5 Washington DC 17 Atlanta
6 Boston 18 Dallas
7 Chicago 19 Denver
8 Miami 20 Detroit
9 Toronto 21 Tampa
10 Philadelphia 22 Houston
11 Baltimore 23 Indianapolis
12 San Diego

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New York

New York City is currently focusing on improving commuter transit to and from New Jersey with upgrading airport terminals, launching an affordable ferry service, and increasing track, tunnel, bridge and station capacity between the two states.


The Atlanta region developed a 25-year roadmap to improve transportation infrastructure, calling for managed toll lanes, the widening of 178 major roadways, transit expansion, as well as improved pedestrian and bicycle-friendly networks.


The city of Boston recently launched Go Boston 2030, a transportation plan focused on improving the public transit network, developing new ferry terminals, redesigning streets for rising sea levels, and integrating microHubs – kiosks that deliver real-time information on commuting options.


The Chicago Transit Authority has received funding to modernize sections of the city’s commuter rail and looks to technology to improve the passenger experience, such as digital displays, upgraded security systems and 4G wireless services.


The rate of population growth challenges Denver to provide sustainable transit options but the city is set on expanding light rail lines, including opening a direct line to the airport, and opening highway express lanes.


Last year, Houston’s Mayor set forth a State of Mobility Address that laid out major strategies to decrease the city’s reliance on personal automobiles by improving residents’ accessibility to transit hubs.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles faces severe traffic congestion but has prioritized funding to transform an underutilized rail area into a safe pedestrian and bicycle passageway and is pioneering the way in supporting electric vehicle use.

New Orleans

New Orleans continues efforts to improve mobility for the city’s residents still affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with overnight public transit options and an online rideshare service.


In Tampa, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is exploring premium transit services, such as light rail or rapid bus transit with the goal of implementing several transportation improvements for the city and region to support growth.

Bold Actions Needed

North American cities will have to overcome the negative public perception of public transit and alternative modes of transportation by incentivizing usage and working with companies and developers to encourage ridership. Using technology is also critical to the adoption of public transit by streamlining the user experience and making commutes convenient. Further, cities should work collaboratively across agencies, businesses, and investors to implement sustainable mobility solutions.

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Overall Global Mobility Ranking

Arcadis’ first Sustainable Cities Mobility Index showcases how sustainable 100 cities across the world are with addressing mobility challenges through the three pillars of sustainability – social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit).


Measures social and human implications of mobility systems including quality of life.


Captures environmental impacts; "green" factors like energy, pollution and emissions.


Assesses the efficiency and reliability of a mobility system to facilitate economic growth.

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