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Minneapolis ranks 8th for transport tech, but could you do without your car?


America is built for cars, but if you live in Minneapolis, you've got a better chance of getting around without one than in most other cities.

Minneapolis has been ranked 8th in the country in the Innovative Transportation Index (ITI), by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, which ranks American cities by how to live their lives without a car.

We all know about the light rail, the cycle paths and the extensive bus system across the metro area, but the ITI report looks at a different side to transport, namely how easily people can use technology to find their way around the city.

The study looked at 11 online and mobile transportation services that are said to be becoming increasingly popular among Millennials, with cities scoring higher the more of them they had.

These include services like ride-sourcing services (like Uber and Lyft), taxi hailing apps, static and real-time transit information, and bike-sharing services (like Minneapolis' Nice Ride system.)

Minneapolis has 9 out of the 11 transport technology services available to users thanks to apps and sites such as Uber, ZipCar, Relay Rides and Ridescout.

Only Austin, San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland and Denver have more services available. At the opposite end, Fargo was found to be one of the cities with the fewest available.

The Star Tribune points out that the two services not available in Minneapolis are virtual transit ticketing – which allows people to buy bus or train tickets through an internet-connected device – and ride sharing, which connects people with drivers going in the same direction who are willing to give them a lift.

"These services make it easier to conveniently get around without owning a car," a PIRG press release says. "That is increasingly what city dwellers – and Millennials especially – say they want. These services individually help travelers, but more importantly, they work together to become more than the sum of their parts."

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