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Online tool helps pinpoint local public transit access

A new online tool will help homeowners find neighborhoods with easy access to public transit.

A new online tool will help homeowners find neighborhoods with easy access to public transit.

When moving to a new home, one of the most frequent questions for a person is determining how they will commute to work. As USA Today reports, a new tool will help those who depend on public transit to find a neighborhood with the best access.

The paper says that WalkScore.com - a website the rates the respective walkability of various areas - has added a Transit Score for neighborhoods in 40 major U.S. cities, including Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

"Transportation costs are often the second highest expense for working Americans and Transit Score will give families more control over their household budgets by providing them with information about their transit choices," Benjamin de la Pena, an associate director at The Rockefeller Foundation, which co-funded the tool, told USA Today.

Many famous locations received very different scores. While the White House and Times Square each rated a perfect 100, Seattle's famous Space Needle received just an 88.

Commuting costs should be part of any moving decision, as Inman News columnist Mary Umberger writes. She says that while one neighborhood may offer lower tax rates, it could also create increased commuting costs.ADNFCR-3450-ID-19937600-ADNFCR