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Top public transportation cities

Honolulu's transit system is expanding.

Honolulu's transit system is expanding.

Before calling your moving company to pick up your moving containers, you may want to consider what you want in a city. There are many perks to living in different places, and one that may catch your eye is the accessibility and reliability of its public transit system. While plenty of cities have these available, some are more efficient than others. Looking at some of these options may make moving to a city much easier, especially if you don't want to bring your car with you.

Salt Lake City
The Midwest has plenty of cities that could be attractive to those looking to relocate, and you may find that one of these cities is just right for you. A good option may be Salt Lake City, as it has a substantial public transit system. Nearly 90 percent of citizens of the area who are of working age live near a stop in the city's transit system, according to a report from the Brookings Institute.

It also takes less than 10 minutes to grab a spot on a transit vehicle in the city, as well. If you need a short commute, you may be able to get it in this city, as close to 60 percent of all jobs in the area can be reached in as little as 90 minutes, the report noted.

New York City
New York City is one of the most popular public transit cities in the world, and it may not be surprising, as it can be quite difficult to drive in the area. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority services more than 8 million people on a given weekday, according to U.S. News and World Report. This makes it the system with the most customers in the country.

The city's transit system is so vast that two-fifths of all transit trips in America during 2008 occurred in the Big Apple, the website noted. It may be busy, but the system could get you to just about anywhere in the city.

Another spot in the Midwest that is the home to a solid public transit system is Denver. The city's transportation system, named the Regional Transportation District, spans into the Aurora and Broomfield areas, as well. Nearly 85 percent of the area's adults are near a transit stop, and they don't typically have to wait long, the Brookings Institute noted. The median wait time for public transit during the rush hour period is slightly more than 8 minutes. Nearly half of the jobs available in the city also can be reached within 1.5 hours, as well.

If you plan a move to Hawaii, you may have exactly what you need in Honolulu when it comes to transportation. The island of Oahu has a system called TheBus, and it is one of the largest public transportation systems in the country, U.S. News and World Report noted.

While it doesn't have a rail system at the moment, the area is working on it. The website added that at some point in the near future, city officials are in the process of mapping out a rail system that would stretch 20 miles and connect with the western section of Oahu.

San Jose
California has some great public transportation systems, and the San Jose area may have one of the best. Brookings noted that more than 95 percent of residents in the city - as well as the nearby areas of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale - have access to transit of some sort. With a median wait time of less than seven minutes, this may not be a bad option.