As the U.S. gears up to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, a transportation museum is a must-visit for anyone planning to travel to the event.
But while many of the city’s major transportation hubs have been converted to transit-oriented development, some of the nation’s most populous cities still lack any such facility, and this may be the biggest barrier to the region’s burgeoning transit system.
In a recent report, The Washington Post mapped out the transit system’s top 20 metropolitan areas.
Of those, seven — including Washington, D.C. and San Francisco — have no transit museums, according to the report.
In contrast, only two of the metro areas ranked in the top 20 in terms of total metro area population.
While the metro area has some of America’s most densely populated regions, including urban core areas such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, many of those metro areas have few transit museums or other transit-focused attractions.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which serves these regions, is one of the few entities that actively promotes transit.
But even though it has a museum on site, the Washington Metropolitan area only hosts two museums in the U