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 Fourth Quarter (Q4) of 2013 come from the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Ridership Reports statistics for the Fourth Quarter (Q4) of 2013,[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)[1]
Ave. daily
weekday
boardings
(Q4 2013)[1]
System
length
Ave. daily
boardings
per mile
(Q4 2013)
Year
opened
Stations Lines Year
last
expanded
1 MBTA light rail:[note 1]
Green Line & Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line[note 2]
Boston 72,273,600 221,400 26 miles (42 km)[2] 8,515 1897[3] 74[2] 5[2] 1959
2 Muni Metro[note 1][4]
(incl. F Market[5][6][note 2])
San Francisco 51,954,400 214,600 35.7 miles (57.5 km)[7] 6,011 1980[7] 152[6][7] 8[5][7] 2007
3 Metro Rail light rail:[note 1]
Blue, Expo, Gold & Green Lines
Los Angeles 63,759,500 200,900 70.3 miles (113.1 km)[8] 2,858 1990[8] 65[8] 4[8] 2012[8]
4 San Diego Trolley[note 3]
(incl. Silver Line[9][note 2])
San Diego 34,448,900 122,400 53.5 miles (86.1 km)[10] 2,288 1981[10] 53[10] 4[9][10] 2005[10]
5 MAX Light Rail[note 3] Portland 38,371,600 115,300 52 miles (84 km)[11] 2,210 1986 87[11] 4[11] 2009
6 SEPTA light rail:[12][note 1]
Subway–Surface Lines, Suburban Trolley Lines & Girard Ave Trolley[note 2]
Philadelphia 32,794,900 110,800 68.4 miles (110.1 km)[13][14] 1,619 1906 >100[13] 8[13][14] 2005
7 DART[note 3] Dallas 28,965,700 98,300 85 miles (137 km)[15] 1,156 1996[16] 61[15] 4[17] 2012[16]
8 Denver RTD
The Ride Light Rail
Denver 23,774,000 86,900 47 miles (76 km)[18] 1,849 1994[19] 46[18] 6[18] 2013[20]
9 TRAX (UTA)[note 3] Salt Lake City 18,740,600 68,100 44.8 miles (72.1 km)[21] 1,520 1999[22] 50[23] 3[23] 2013
10 MetroLink St. Louis 17,396,200 53,000 46 miles (74 km)[24] 1,152 1993[25] 37[24] 2[26] 2006[27]
11 Sacramento RT Light Rail Sacramento 13,537,000 46,400 38.6 miles (62.1 km)[28] 1,202 1987[28] 50[28] 3[28] 2012[28]
12 METRO Light Rail (Phoenix)[29] Phoenix 14,225,900 44,400 20 miles (32 km)[30] 2,220 2008[30] 28[30] 1[30] n/a
13 Hudson-Bergen
Light Rail
[note 1][31]
Jersey City n/a[note 4] 44,150[32][note 5] 18.3 miles (29.5 km)[33] 2,413 2000 24[34] 3[34] 2006
14 METRORail Houston 11,315,200 38,300 12.8 miles (20.6 km)[35] 5,107[note 6] 2004[36] 24[37] 1[35] 2013[35]
15 Santa Clara
VTA Light Rail
[note 3]
San Jose 10,864,600 34,300 42.2 miles (67.9 km)[38] 813 1987[38] 62[38] 3[38] 2005[38]
16 Link Light Rail:[note 3][39]
Tacoma Link & Central Link
Tacoma
& Seattle
10,672,700 33,200 17.3 miles (27.8 km)[40] 1,919 2003,
2009
5,[40]
13[40]
2[40] n/a
17 METRO Light Rail Minneapolis 10,162,000 30,100 21.8 miles (35.1 km)[41][42] 2,447[note 7] 2004[41] 37[41][42] 2[41][42] 2014[42]
18 The T:
Pittsburgh Light Rail
Pittsburgh 8,321,700 28,300 26.2 miles (42.2 km)[43] 1,080 1984 53[43] 2[43] 2012[43]
19 Baltimore Light Rail[note 1] Baltimore 8,588,000 26,800 33 miles (53 km)[44] 812 1992 33[44] 3[44] 1997
20 San Francisco
cable car system
[note 8][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][6] 1952
21 RTA Streetcars
in New Orleans
[note 2]
New Orleans 7,083,600 20,200 22.3 miles (35.9 km)[46][47] 906 1835 streetcar-like surface stops 4[46] 2013[46]
22 Newark Light Rail[note 1][48] Newark n/a[note 4] 19,350[32][note 5] 7.0 miles (11.3 km)[33] 2,764 1935 17[49] 2[49] 2006
23 Buffalo Metro Rail Buffalo 5,058,300 17,400 6.4 miles (10.3 km) 2,719 1984 14[50] 1[50] n/a
24 Portland Streetcar[note 9] Portland 4,078,639[51][note 10] 16,979[51][note 11] 7.35 miles (11.83 km)[52] 1,794 2001[52] 76[52] 2[52] 2012[52]
25 LYNX Rapid Transit Services Charlotte 4,977,800 15,400 9.6 miles (15.4 km)[53] 1,604 2007[54] 15[53] 1[53] n/a
26 River LINE[note 1][55] Trenton-
Camden
n/a[note 4] 9,750[32][note 5] 28.3 miles (45.5 km)[33] 345 2004 20[56] 1[56] n/a
27 RTA Rapid Transit:[note 12]
Blue and Green Lines
Cleveland 2,897,400 8,523[note 13] 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 8,400 22 miles (35 km)[60] 382 2008[60] 15[60] 1[60] n/a
29 Tide Light Rail Norfolk 1,649,300[61][note 14] 4,772[61][note 15] 7.4 miles (11.9 km)[62] 645 2011[63] 11[62] 1[62] n/a
30 MATA Trolleys[note 2] Memphis 1,366,200 2,700 6.3 miles (10.1 km) 429 1993[64] 25[65] 3[65] 2004[64]
31 South Lake Union Streetcar[note 3] Seattle 760,900 2,300 1.3 miles (2.1 km)[66] 1,769 2007[67] 11[66] 1[66] n/a
32 TECO Line Streetcars[note 2] Tampa 296,700 700 2.7 miles (4.3 km)[68] 259 2002 11[69] 1[69] 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. ^ a b c It appears that the APTA figures listed for "Newark, NJ" are for all three New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) LRT systems – Hudson–Bergen, Newark, and River LINE – combined; the figures for the three individual systems are not 'broken out' by APTA, so Annual Ridership figures for 2013 are unavailable.
  5. ^ a b c This figure is from NJ Transit's Fiscal Year 2013 First Quarter, which covers the calendar period July 2012 to September 2012.
  6. ^ This per mile ridership figure is for a time when the METRORail system was only 7.5 miles long; the Northline extension (which increased the system's length to 12.8 miles) didn't open until late Q4 2013, and is not included this figure.
  7. ^ This per mile ridership figure is for a time when the METRO's system was only 12 miles long; the Green Line (which increased the system's length to 21.8 miles) didn't open until June 2014, and is not included this figure.
  8. ^ 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).
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ This annual ridership figure is for Fiscal Year 2013, which covers the period from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
  11. ^ This figure is from Portland Streetcar's First Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 (Q1 FY2014), which covers the same calendar period as this table's other Q2 2013 figures: April to June 2013.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ This figure is from Hampton Roads Transit's Ridership Report for February 2014, and covers all of 2013 (i.e. the months of January through December 2013), as it appears that Hampton Roads Transit is no longer tracked by APTA.
  15. ^ This figure is the average weekday ridership figure for the months October to December 2013, from Hampton Roads Transit's Ridership Report for February 2014.

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[70] 6.8 miles (10.9 km)[70] 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[71] 2.0 miles (3.2 km)[71] 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[72] 3.4 miles (5.5 km)[72] 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[73] 1.5 miles (2.4 km)[73] 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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