List of United States commuter rail systems by ridership

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The following is a list of commuter rail systems in the United States, ranked by ridership. All figures come from the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Ridership Reports Statistics for the Fourth Quarter of 2016,[1] unless otherwise indicated.

List of United States commuter rail systems by ridership[edit]

Rank System Major cities
served
Annual
Ridership
(2016)[1]
Average
Weekday
Ridership
(Q4 2016)[1]
Route
miles
Ridership
per mile
(Q4 2016)
Year
Opened
Lines Stations
1 MTA Long Island Rail Road New York 103,196,800 354,800 321[2] 1,105 1834[3] 11[3] 124[3]
2 NJ Transit Rail New York / Newark/ Trenton / Philadelphia 88,050,000 241,233[note 1] 530[4] 455 1983[5] 11[6][note 2] 164[6]
3 MTA Metro-North Railroad New York / Yonkers / Bridgeport 86,302,500 305,700 385[7] 794 1983[8] 6[7] 122[7]
4 Metra Chicago 72,891,500 283,700 487.7[9] 582 1984 11[9] 241[9]
5 SEPTA Regional Rail Philadelphia 35,453,700 125,400 280[10] 448 1983 13[10] 153
6 MBTA Commuter Rail Boston / Worcester / Providence 33,749,600 127,500 368[11] 346 1973 13[11] 127[11]
7 Caltrain San Francisco / San Jose 19,038,300 56,100 77[12] 729 1987[note 3] 1 32[12]
8 Metrolink Los Angeles / San Bernardino 10,903,000 39,500 388[13] 102 1992 7[13] 55[13]
9 MARC Train Baltimore / Washington, D.C. 8,980,600 33,300 187 178 1984 3 43
10 UTA FrontRunner[14] Salt Lake City / Provo 4,545,800 17,200 88 195 2008 1 16
11 Virginia Railway Express Washington, D.C. 4,496,000 17,900 90[15] 199 1992 2[15] 18[15]
12 Denver RTD:
A and B Lines
Denver 4,317,400[note 4] 19,400 29[16] 669 2016 2 9
13 Tri-Rail Miami / Fort Lauderdale / West Palm Beach 4,175,000 14,200 70.9[17] 200 1987 1[17] 18[17]
14 Sounder Commuter Rail Seattle / Tacoma 4,163,400 15,800 83[18] 190 2000 2 9
15 NICTD South Shore Line Chicago / South Bend 3,503,700 11,700 90[19] 130 1903 1 20
16 Trinity Railway Express Dallas / Fort Worth 2,032,800 7,700 34 226 1996 1 10
17 Capitol Corridor San Jose / Oakland / Sacramento 1,573,200 5,100 168 30 1991 1 15
18 NCTD Coaster San Diego / Oceanside 1,503,700 4,600 41[20] 112 1995[20] 1[20] 8[20]
19 Keystone Service Philadelphia 1,492,000 4,900 104.6 47 1976(?) 1 12
20 Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) San Jose / Stockton 1,295,500 5,200 86[21] 60 1998 1[21] 10[21]
21 SunRail Orlando 877,600 2,404[note 1] 32[22] 75 2014 1 12[22]
22 New Mexico Rail Runner Express Albuquerque / Santa Fe 858,700 2,700 97 28 2006 1 13
23 Capital MetroRail Austin 810,100 2,700 32[23] 84 2010 1 9[23]
24 Northstar Line Minneapolis 711,300 2,400 40 60 2009 1 6
25 Shore Line East New Haven 606,300 1,900 59 32 1990 1 13
26 A-Train Denton 530,400 2,000 21 95 2011 1 6
27 Downeaster Boston / Brunswick, Maine 493,500 1,300 148 9 2001 1 12
28 Westside Express Service Beaverton 455,000 1,700 15 113 2010 1 5
29 Music City Star Nashville 280,900 1,200 32 38 2006 1 6

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b This figure is the Average Daily Ridership figure, not an "Average Weekday Ridership" figure – it is averaged from the Q4 2015 Total Ridership figure for this system.
  2. ^ There are 12 lines operated by NJ Transit, including the MTA Metro-North Railroad Port Jervis Line which in this list is counted with the MTA Metro-North Railroad entry in the table.
  3. ^ The Peninsula Commute service has been running since 1863 over largely the same route. The State of California took over financial responsibility from Southern Pacific in 1980 and renamed the service to Caltrain.
  4. ^ Commuter service on these lines began in 2016, so this figure does not represent a complete year of service

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Public Transportation Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2016" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association (APTA). March 3, 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-17 – via http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx. 
  2. ^ "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Years Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011" (pdf). Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). June 21, 2013. p. 146. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "Long Island Rail Road - General Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  4. ^ "New Jersey State Rail Plan" (pdf). State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation. April 2015. p. ES-5. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  5. ^ "NJ Transit - About Us - History & Structure". NJ Transit. 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  6. ^ a b "NJ Transit Facts at a Glance Fiscal Year 2015" (pdf). NJ Transit. March 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  7. ^ a b c "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Years Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011" (pdf). Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). June 21, 2013. p. 147. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  8. ^ "MTA Metro-North Railroad - MNR About MNR". Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  9. ^ a b c "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. 2015. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  10. ^ a b "SEPTA - Media Guide" (pdf). SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority). 2013. p. 7. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  11. ^ a b c "About the T - Financials - Appendix: Statistical Profile" (pdf). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). 2007. pp. 103–104, 106. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  12. ^ a b "Caltrain Modernization Quarterly Update" (pdf). Caltrain. February 2016. p. 2. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  13. ^ "Five Years of FrontRunner". rideuta.com. Utah Transit Authority. April 25, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  14. ^ a b c "VRE Strategic Plan Executive Summary" (pdf). Virginia Railway Express. May 2004. p. v. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  15. ^ "RTD - Facts & Figures". Regional Transportation District. April 17, 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  16. ^ a b c "Transportation Division - Moving Around - Tri-Rail". City of Fort Lauderdale. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  17. ^ "2015 Financial Plan" (pdf). Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit). June 2015. p. 3. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  18. ^ Jay Jones (July 8, 2012). "Dunes Country choo-choo". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-05-27. Along the 90-mile route, sightseeing and recreational opportunities are plentiful... 
  19. ^ a b c d "COASTER Fact Sheet" (PDF). North County Transit District. January 2013. Archived from the original (pdf) on November 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  20. ^ a b c Dan Leavitt (July 23, 2015). "ACEforward IMPROVING THE ALTAMONT CORRIDOR EXPRESS" (pdf). San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission. p. 1. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  21. ^ a b "SunRail Celebrates Phase 2 Groundbreaking". SunRail. April 22, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  22. ^ a b "Data and Statistics - Fast Facts". Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-22.