List of North American light rail systems by ridership

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The following is a list of all light rail systems in North America, ranked by ridership. Daily figures for American and Canadian light rail systems are "average weekday unlinked passenger trips" (where transfers between lines are counted as two separate passenger "boardings" or "trips"), unless otherwise indicated. For light rail systems in the United States and Canada, these figures come from the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Ridership Reports statistics. For Mexico, the figures are obtained from Banco de Información Económica's Instituto Nacional de Estadísitica y Geografía (INEGI), and the daily figures represent daily passenger trips averaged from the monthly and quarterly ridership figures. All figures are from 2018 and the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018, unless otherwise noted. "Daily boardings per mile" figures have been rounded to the nearest 5 or 10.

The question of which systems would count as "light rail transit systems" is debatable, so this table includes some systems (such as Toronto's) which are technically streetcars rather than "true" light rail.

Systems[edit]

System Country City/Area
served
Annual
ridership
(2018)[1][2]
Avg. daily
weekday
boardings
(Q4 2018)[1][2]
System
length
Avg. daily boardings per mile
(Q4 2018)
Year
opened
Stations Lines Year
last
expanded
1 Guadalajara light rail (Tren ligero de Guadalajara)  MEX Guadalajara 103,649,000 295,043[note 1] 76 km (47 mi)[3][4] 19,800 1989[3] 48[4] 3[4] 2020[5]
2 CTrain  CAN Calgary 91,029,100 312,300 59.9 km (37.2 mi)[6] 8,395 1981[7] 45[6] 2[citation needed] 2014[citation needed]
3 Toronto streetcar system  CAN Toronto 64,917,000 199,700 82 km (51 mi)[8] 3,915 1861[9] 708 streetcar stops[8] 11[8] 2016[citation needed]
4 Metro Rail light rail:[note 2]
A, C, E & L Lines
 USA Los Angeles 64,715,700 210,400 141.8 km (88.1 mi)[10] 2,390 1990[10] 65[10] 4[10] 2016[10]
5 MBTA light rail:[note 2]
Green Line &
Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line[note 3]
 USA Boston 53,715,600 162,900 42 km (26 mi)[11] 6,265 1897;[12]
1929[citation needed]
74[11] 2[11] 2004;[citation needed]
n/a[citation needed]
6 Muni Metro[note 2]
(incl. F Market[13][14][note 3])
 USA San Francisco 49,971,700 159,900 57.5 km (35.7 mi)[15] 4,480 1980[15] 152[14][15] 8[13][15] 2007[citation needed]
7 Edmonton Light Rail Transit  CAN Edmonton 39,448,700 110,786[16] 24.3 km (15.1 mi)[17] 7,335 1978[17] 18[17] 2[17] 2015[17]
8 MAX Light Rail  USA Portland,
Oregon
38,953,100 119,600 97 km (60 mi)[citation needed] 1,995 1986[citation needed] 97[citation needed] 5[citation needed] 2015[citation needed]
9 San Diego Trolley
(incl. Silver Line[18][note 3])
 USA San Diego 37,139,700 115,400 86.1 km (53.5 mi)[19] 2,155 1981[19] 53[19] 4[18][19] 2005[19]
10 Xochimilco Light Rail[note 2]  MEX Mexico City 33,766,000 88,065[note 1] 12.9 km (8.0 mi)[citation needed] 11,010 1986[citation needed] 18[20] 1[20] 1988[citation needed]
11 DART Light Rail  USA Dallas 28,759,200 95,800 150 km (93 mi)[21] 1,030 1996[22] 64[21] 4[23] 2016[22]
12 RTD Light Rail  USA Denver 25,669,700 101,700 94.1 km (58.5 mi)[24] 1,740 1994[25] 46[24] 6[24] 2017[25]
13 Link light rail:
Line 1 and Line T
 USA Seattle and Tacoma 25,314,500 77,900 35.33 km (21.95 mi)[26] 3,820 2003[27] 22[26] 2[26] 2016[28]
14 METRO Light Rail  USA Minneapolis 24,955,700 76,600 35.1 km (21.8 mi)[29][30] 3,515 2004[29] 37[29][30] 2[29][30] 2014[30]
15 SEPTA light rail:[31][note 2]
Subway–Surface Lines, Suburban Trolley Lines,
& Girard Ave Trolley[note 3]
 USA Philadelphia 24,868,200 91,000 110.1 km (68.4 mi)[32][33] 1,330 1858[34] >100[32] 8[32][33] 2005[citation needed]
16 METRORail  USA Houston 18,806,300 60,700 36.9 km (22.9 mi)[35] 2,651 2004[35] 37[36] 3[35] 2015[35]
17 TRAX (light rail)  USA Salt Lake City 17,899,600 57,700 72.1 km (44.8 mi)[37] 1,288 1999[38] 50[39] 3[39] 2013[citation needed]
18 Hudson–Bergen Light Rail  USA Jersey City,
New Jersey
16,691,558[40] 54,434[40] 27 km (17 mi)[41] 3,202 2000[citation needed] 24[42] 3[42] 2006[citation needed]
19 Valley Metro Rail  USA Phoenix 15,406,300 46,800 42 km (26 mi)[43] 1,800 2008[44] 35[43] 1[citation needed] 2016[45]
20 St. Louis MetroLink  USA St. Louis 13,210,200 39,400 74.0 km (46.0 mi)[46] 857 1993[47] 37[46] 2[48] 2006[49]
21 Sacramento RT Light Rail  USA Sacramento,
California
10,464,700 36,800 69.0 km (42.9 mi)[50] 858 1987[50] 53[50] 3[50] 2015[50]
22 VTA Light Rail  USA San Jose,
California
8,538,900 47,300 67.9 km (42.2 mi)[51] 1,121 1987[51] 62[51] 3[51] 2005[51]
23 Streetcars in
New Orleans
[note 3]
 USA New Orleans 7,712,900 18,800 35.9 km (22.3 mi)[52][53] 843 1835[citation needed] streetcar-like surface stops[citation needed] 4[52] 2013[52]
24 Lynx Rapid Transit Services  USA Charlotte,
North Carolina
7,376,500 23,200 30.4 km (18.9 mi)[54] 1,228 2007[55] 15[56] 1[56] 2018[citation needed]
25 The T:
Pittsburgh Light Rail
 USA Pittsburgh 7,328,100 - 42.2 km (26.2 mi)[57] 1,057 1984[citation needed] 53[57] 2[57] 2012[57]
26 Baltimore Light Rail[note 2]  USA Baltimore 7,157,000 18,400 53.1 km (33.0 mi)[58] 558 1992[citation needed] 33[58] 3[58] 1997[citation needed]
27 San Francisco
cable car system
[note 4][note 3]
 USA San Francisco 6,286,900 15,700 8.4 km (5.2 mi)[citation needed] 3,021 1878[59] streetcar-like surface stops[citation needed] 3[14][60] 1952[citation needed]
28 Portland Streetcar[note 5]  USA Portland 5,627,588[61][note 6] 20,011[61][note 7] 11.83 km (7.35 mi)[62] 2,723 2001[62] 76[62] 2[62] 2012[62]
29 Newark Light Rail  USA Newark,
New Jersey
5,356,687[40] 18,505[40] 10.0 km (6.2 mi)[41] 2,985 1935[citation needed] 17[63] 2[63] 2006[citation needed]
30 Buffalo Metro Rail  USA Buffalo,
New York
4,492,200 16,000 10.3 km (6.4 mi)[citation needed] 2,500 1985[citation needed] 14[64] 1[64] n/a
31 O-Train  CAN Ottawa 3,922,500 15,500 20.4 km (12.7 mi)[65] 3,100 2001[66] 18[65] 2[65] 2019[citation needed]
32 River LINE  USA TrentonCamden,
New Jersey
2,869,707[40] 9,014[40] 55 km (34 mi)[41] 265 2004[citation needed] 20[67] 1[67] n/a
33 SPRINTER  USA Oceanside,
California
2,403,200 7,500 35 km (22 mi)[68] 341 2008[68] 15[68] 1[68] n/a
34 Seattle Streetcar  USA Seattle 1,686,500 5,500 6.1 km (3.8 mi)[citation needed] 1,447 2007[69] 17[70] 2[70] 2016[71]
35 RTA Rapid Transit:[note 2]
Blue, Green, and Waterfront Lines
 USA Cleveland 1,638,100 5,000 24.6 km (15.3 mi)[72] 327 1913[73] 34[72] 2[72] 1996[73]
36 Tide Light Rail  USA Norfolk,
Virginia
1,461,500 4,600 11.9 km (7.4 mi)[74] 622 2011[75] 11[74] 1[74] n/a
37 MATA Trolleys[note 3]  USA Memphis,
Tennessee
485,100[note 8] 0[note 8] 10.1 km (6.3 mi)[citation needed] 0[note 8] 1993[76] 25[77] 3[77] 2004[76]
38 TECO Line Streetcars[note 3]  USA Tampa,
Florida
423,000 1,700 4.3 km (2.7 mi)[78] 630 2002[citation needed] 11[79] 1[79] 2010[citation needed]
39 Atlanta Streetcar  USA Atlanta,
Georgia
280,800 300 4.3 km (2.7 mi)[citation needed] 111 2014[citation needed] 12[citation needed] 1[citation needed] n/a
40 Sun Link  USA Tucson,
Arizona
n/a 4,000[80] 6.3 km (3.9 mi)[81] 1,026 2014[citation needed] 22[81] 1[81] n/a
41 CityLynx Gold Line  USA Charlotte,
North Carolina
n/a 1,500[82] 2.4 km (1.5 mi)[citation needed] n/a 2015[citation needed] 6[citation needed] 1[citation needed] n/a
42 Dallas Streetcar  USA Dallas,
Texas
n/a n/a 3.94 km (2.45 mi)[citation needed] n/a 2015[citation needed] 6[citation needed] 1[citation needed] 2016[citation needed]
43 Ion rapid transit  CAN Waterloo, Ontario n/a 17,166[83] 19 km (12 mi)[84] n/a 2019[85][86] 19[87] 1[88] n/a

Sources:

  • American Public Transportation Association - Transit Ridership Report - Q4 2016.[89]
  • Banco de Información Económica - Instituto Nacional de Estadísitica y Geografía (INEGI)[2] (Note: INEGI only provides monthly figures - figures in table above are for the Q4 2014 monthly average, then divided by 30 days to get the daily average.)

Excluded systems[edit]

The following systems have been excluded from the ridership table above (generally because the system's ridership statistics are not tracked by APTA):

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b This is the Average Daily Ridership figure, not an "Average Weekday Ridership" figure – it is averaged from the Q4 2018 Total Ridership figure for this system.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g This system also has a heavy rail rapid transit/metro portion (see List of metro systems); the ridership figures and statistics here represent the light rail portion of the system only.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l This line or system is operated using heritage streetcars.
  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 anyway 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 Q3 2014: July to September 2014.
  8. ^ a b c The MATA Trolley system completely suspended operations for a significant portion of 2014 (including all of Q4 2014) due to maintenance issues.

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