As if to reinforce the message of Joey Garrison's City Paper piece this week on just how far Nashville has yet to go in developing viable mass transit, Forbes is now out with a chart ranking the top 60 U.S. metro areas by various metrics related to commuting. It is not a proud civic moment for the Music City.
Crunching census data on the percentage of commuters who got to work by carpooling, walking, biking or using public transport in 2008, the magazine ranked Nashville 55th as a "green commuting" city. In an overall ranking that factors in travel time and other data as well as greenness, we come in 49th, just ahead of Chicago and L.A.
Salt Lake City came in first overall. The snarl that is the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area came in last, a ranking many acrophobics out there will consider justified purely on the grounds of the big swoopy bridge you have to cross if you want to go south from the airport.
[h/t Freddie O'Connell]