List of United States light rail systems by ridership

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The following is a list of all light rail systems in the United States, ranked by ridership. Also included are those urban streetcar/trolley systems that are providing regular public transit service (i.e. operating year-round and at least five days/week). This list does not include statistics for metro/rapid transit systems (see: the List of United States rapid transit systems by ridership for those). Daily and annual ridership figures are based on "average weekday unlinked passenger trips" (where transfers between lines are counted as two separate passenger "boardings" or "trips"). The annual ridership figures for 2013 and average weekday ridership figures for the second quarter (Q2) of 2014 come from the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Ridership Reports statistics for the second quarter (Q2) of 2014,[1] unless otherwise noted (e.g. NJ Transit systems). References with supplementary (i.e. non-APTA) ridership figures are included in the System column.

System Largest city
served
Annual
Ridership
(2013)[2]
Ave. daily
weekday
boardings
(Q2 2014)[1]
System
length
Ave. daily
boardings
per mile
(Q2 2014)
Year
opened
Stations Lines Year
last
expanded
1 Muni Metro[note 1][3]
(incl. F Market[4][5][note 2])
San Francisco 51,954,400 223,200 35.7 miles (57.5 km)[6] 5,952 1980[6] 152[5][6] 8[4][6] 2007
2 MBTA light rail:[note 1]
Green Line & Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line[note 2]
Boston 72,273,600 222,000 26 miles (42 km)[7] 8,539 1897[8] 74[7] 5[7] 1959
3 Metro Rail light rail:[note 1]
Blue, Expo, Gold & Green Lines
Los Angeles 63,759,500 198,800 70.3 miles (113.1 km)[9] 2,828 1990[9] 65[9] 4[9] 2012[9]
4 MAX Light Rail[note 3] Portland 38,371,600 123,200 52 miles (84 km)[10] 2,369 1986 87[10] 4[10] 2009
5 San Diego Trolley[note 3]
(incl. Silver Line[11][note 2])
San Diego 34,448,900 120,100 53.5 miles (86.1 km)[12] 2,245 1981[12] 53[12] 4[11][12] 2005[12]
6 SEPTA light rail:[13][note 1]
Subway–Surface Lines, Suburban Trolley Lines & Girard Ave Trolley[note 2]
Philadelphia 32,794,900 105,500 68.4 miles (110.1 km)[14][15] 1,542 1906 >100[14] 8[14][15] 2005
7 DART[note 3] Dallas 28,965,700 93,200 85 miles (137 km)[16] 1,096 1996[17] 61[16] 4[18] 2012[17]
8 MetroLink St. Louis 17,396,200 69,800 46 miles (74 km)[19] 1,517 1993[20] 37[19] 2[21] 2006[22]
9 TRAX (UTA)[note 3] Salt Lake City 18,740,600 61,800 44.8 miles (72.1 km)[23] 1,379 1999[24] 50[25] 3[25] 2013
10 Denver RTD
The Ride Light Rail
Denver 23,774,000 58,100 47 miles (76 km)[26] 1,236 1994[27] 46[26] 6[26] 2013[28]
11 Sacramento RT Light Rail Sacramento 13,537,000 46,100 38.6 miles (62.1 km)[29] 1,194 1987[29] 50[29] 3[29] 2012[29]
12 METRORail Houston 11,315,200 43,900 12.8 miles (20.6 km)[30] 3,430 2004[31] 24[32] 1[30] 2013[30]
13 Hudson–Bergen
Light Rail
[note 1][33]
Jersey City 12,865,506[34] 43,231[34] 18.3 miles (29.5 km) 2,362 2000 24[35] 3[35] 2006
14 METRO Light Rail (Phoenix)[36] Phoenix 14,225,900 41,800 20 miles (32 km)[37] 2,090 2008[37] 28[37] 1[37] n/a
15 Link Light Rail:[note 3][38]
Tacoma Link & Central Link
Tacoma
& Seattle
10,672,700 37,200 17.3 miles (27.8 km)[39] 2,150 2003,
2009
5,[39]
13[39]
2[39] n/a
16 Santa Clara
VTA Light Rail
[note 3]
San Jose 10,864,600 35,600 42.2 miles (67.9 km)[40] 844 1987[40] 62[40] 3[40] 2005[40]
17 METRO Light Rail Minneapolis 10,162,000 34,300 21.8 miles (35.1 km)[41][42] 1,573 2004[41] 37[41][42] 2[41][42] 2014[42]
18 The T:
Pittsburgh Light Rail
Pittsburgh 8,321,700 28,600 26.2 miles (42.2 km)[43] 1,092 1984 53[43] 2[43] 2012[43]
19 Baltimore Light Rail[note 1] Baltimore 8,588,000 24,900 33 miles (53 km)[44] 755 1992 33[44] 3[44] 1997
20 San Francisco
cable car system
[note 4][note 2]
San Francisco 6,997,800 22,800 5.2 miles (8.4 km) 4,385 1878[45] streetcar-like surface stops 3[45][5] 1952
21 RTA Streetcars
in New Orleans
[note 2]
New Orleans 7,083,600 20,600 22.3 miles (35.9 km)[46][47] 924 1835 streetcar-like surface stops 4[46] 2013[46]
22 Newark Light Rail[note 1][48] Newark 5,303,914[34] 18,833[34] 7.0 miles (11.3 km) 2,690 1935 17[49] 2[49] 2006
23 Portland Streetcar[note 5] Portland 5,627,588[50][note 6] 20,011[50][note 7] 7.35 miles (11.83 km)[51] 2,723 2001[51] 76[51] 2[51] 2012[51]
24 LYNX Rapid Transit Services Charlotte 4,977,800 16,500 9.6 miles (15.4 km)[52] 1,719 2007[53] 15[52] 1[52] n/a
25 Buffalo Metro Rail Buffalo 5,058,300 13,900 6.4 miles (10.3 km) 2,172 1984 14[54] 1[54] n/a
26 River LINE[note 1][55] Trenton-
Camden
2,859,160[34] 9,039[34] 28.3 miles (45.5 km) 319 2004 20[56] 1[56] n/a
27 RTA Rapid Transit:[note 8]
Blue and Green Lines
Cleveland 2,897,400 8,523[note 9] 15.3 miles (24.6 km)[57] 557 1913[58] 34[57] 2[57] 1996[58]
28 SPRINTER[note 3][59] Oceanside
-Escondido
1,977,400 8,300 22 miles (35 km)[60] 377 2008[60] 15[60] 1[60] n/a
29 Tide Light Rail Norfolk 1,649,300 5,900 7.4 miles (11.9 km)[61] 797 2011[62] 11[61] 1[61] n/a
30 MATA Trolleys[note 2] Memphis 1,366,200 2,900 6.3 miles (10.1 km) 460 1993[63] 25[64] 3[64] 2004[63]
31 South Lake Union Streetcar[note 3] Seattle 760,900 2,400 1.3 miles (2.1 km)[65] 1,846 2007[66] 11[65] 1[65] n/a
32 TECO Line Streetcars[note 2] Tampa 296,700 600 2.7 miles (4.3 km)[67] 222 2002 11[68] 1[68] 2010

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h This system also has a heavy rail rapid transit/metro portion (see List of metro systems), and connections to a commuter rail system; the ridership figures and statistics presented here represent the light rail portion of the system only.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h This line or system is operated using heritage streetcars.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h This system also has available connections to a commuter rail system; the ridership figures and statistics presented here represent the light rail portion of the system only.
  4. ^ It is debatable whether this system truly qualifies as "light rail" (or as a true "transit" system either), but it is included in the table for comparison purposes (and due to its ridership statistics being tracked by APTA).
  5. ^ This system is owned by the City of Portland, which is not a member of APTA, and its ridership figures are not included in the APTA statistics for Portland.
  6. ^ This annual ridership figure is for Fiscal Year 2014, which covers the period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
  7. ^ This figure is from Portland Streetcar's First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 (Q1 FY2015), which covers the same calendar period as this table's other Q3 2014 figures: July to September 2014.
  8. ^ This system also has a heavy rail rapid transit/metro portion (see List of metro systems); the ridership figures and statistics presented here represent the light rail portion of the system only.
  9. ^ This is the Average Daily Ridership figure, not an "Average Weekday Ridership" figure - it is averaged from the Q4 2013 Total Ridership figure for this system.

Systems excluded from ridership table[edit]

The following light rail systems have been excluded from the Ridership table above:

System Largest city served Opened Route length Reason(s) for exclusion from Ridership table
Galveston Island Trolley Galveston, TX 1988[69] 6.8 miles (10.9 km)[69] Galveston's heritage streetcar trolley system is non-operational – it has suspended its service since September 2008 due to damage from Hurricane Ike.
Kenosha Streetcars Kenosha, WI 2000[70] 2.0 miles (3.2 km)[70] This heritage streetcar system is primarily a tourist system (e.g. does not operate daily, year-round), rather than a transit system; Kenosha's transit systems are too small to be tracked by APTA.
River Rail Streetcar Little Rock, AR 2004[71] 3.4 miles (5.5 km)[71] This heritage streetcar system is primarily a tourist system, rather than a transit system; APTA does not track and does not provide ridership figures for this system.
Port of L.A.
Waterfront Red Car
San Pedro,
Los Angeles, CA
2003[72] 1.5 miles (2.4 km)[72] This heritage streetcar system is primarily a tourist system, rather than a transit system; APTA does not track Port of L.A. transit system(s).

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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