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 2014 and average weekday ridership figures for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2015 come from the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Ridership Reports statistics for the second quarter (Q4) of 2015,[1] unless otherwise noted (e.g. NJ Transit systems). References with supplementary (i.e. non-APTA) ridership figures are included in the System column.

List[edit]

System Largest city
served
Annual
Ridership
(2015)[1]
Avg. daily
weekday
boardings
(Q4 2015)[1]
System
length
Avg. daily
boardings
per mile
(Q4 2015)
Year
opened
Stations Lines Year
last
expanded
1 MBTA light rail:[note 1]
Green Line & Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line[note 2]
Boston 66,344,100 186,200 26 miles (42 km)[2] 7,162 1897;[3]
1929
74[2] 5[2] 2004;
n/a
2 Metro Rail light rail:[note 1]
Blue, Expo, Gold & Green Lines
Los Angeles 60,572,200 189,700 98.5 miles (158.5 km)[4] 2,339 1990[4] 80[4] 4[4] 2016[4]
3 Muni Metro[note 1][5]
(incl. E Embarcadero[note 2] & F Market[6][7][note 2])
San Francisco 52,122,600 156,000 35.7 miles (57.5 km)[8] 4,370 1912;[9]
1980[8]
152[7][8] 9[6][8] 2007
4 San Diego Trolley[note 3]
(incl. Silver Line[10][note 2])
San Diego 40,742,300 123,300 53.5 miles (86.1 km)[11] 2,305 1981[11] 53[11] 4[10][11] 2005[11]
5 MAX Light Rail[note 3] Portland 38,494,500 122,900 60 miles (97 km) 2,048 1986 97 5 2015
6 DART[note 3] Dallas 30,116,600 104,800 93 miles (150 km)[12] 1,164 1996[13] 64[12] 4[14] 2016[13]
7 SEPTA light rail:[15][note 1]
Subway–Surface Lines, Suburban Trolley Lines & Girard Ave Trolley[note 2]
Philadelphia 26,742,500 111,600 68.4 miles (110.1 km)[16][17] 1,632 1906 >100[16] 8[16][17] 2005
8 Denver RTD[note 3]
The Ride Light Rail
Denver 25,518,600 76,600 48 miles (77 km)[18] 1,630 1994[19] 46[18] 6[18] 2013[20]
9 METRO Light Rail[note 3] Minneapolis-St. Paul 23,003,400 71,400 21.8 miles (35.1 km)[21][22] 3,275 2004[21] 37[21][22] 2[21][22] 2014[22]
10 TRAX (UTA)[note 3] Salt Lake City 19,704,300 67,300 44.8 miles (72.1 km)[23] 1,502 1999[24] 50[25] 3[25] 2013
11 Hudson–Bergen
Light Rail
and Newark Light Rail[note 1][26]
Jersey City & Newark City 19,701,238[27] 66,299[27] 23.25 miles (37.42 km)[27] 2,852 2006 41[28] 5[28] 1935
12 Valley Metro Rail[29] Phoenix 16,865,300 58,700 26 miles (42 km)[30] 2,258 2008[31] 35[32] 1[31] 2016[30]
13 METRORail Houston 16,500,400 60,600 22.7 miles (36.5 km)[33][34] 2,670 2004[34] 44[33] 3[33] 2015[33]
14 MetroLink St. Louis 16,081,500 47,600 46 miles (74 km)[35] 1,035 1993[36] 37[35] 2[37] 2006[38]
15 Sacramento RT Light Rail Sacramento 12,732,100 45,300 42.9 miles (69.0 km)[39] 1,056 1987[39] 53[39] 3[39] 2015[39]
16 Link light rail:[note 3][40]
Tacoma Link & Central Link
Tacoma
& Seattle
12,688,300 41,000 20.4 miles (32.8 km)[41] 2,010 2003,
2009
5,[41]
15[41]
2[41] 2016[42]
17 Santa Clara
VTA Light Rail
[note 3]
San Jose 11,030,400 33,400 42.2 miles (67.9 km)[43] 791 1987[43] 62[43] 3[43] 2005[43]
18 The T:
Pittsburgh Light Rail
Pittsburgh 8,132,900 22,281[note 4] 26.2 miles (42.2 km)[44] 850 1984[note 5] 53[44] 2[44] 2012[44]
19 RTA Streetcars
in New Orleans
[note 2]
New Orleans 7,285,000 22,900 22.3 miles (35.9 km)[45][46] 1,027 1835 streetcar-like surface stops 4[45] 2013[45]
20 San Francisco
cable car system
[note 2][note 6]
San Francisco 6,910,000 17,700 5.2 miles (8.4 km) 3,404 1878[47] streetcar-like surface stops 3[7][48] 1952
21 Baltimore Light Rail[note 1] Baltimore 6,888,500 22,800 33 miles (53 km)[49] 691 1992 33[49] 3[49] 1997
22 Buffalo Metro Rail Buffalo 5,218,700 17,100 6.4 miles (10.3 km) 2,672 1984 14[50] 1[50] n/a
23 Charlotte Area Transit System:
Blue Line
Charlotte 5,072,300 16,700 9.6 miles (15.4 km)[51] 1,740 2007[52] 15[51] 1[51] 2017 (planned)[53]
24 Portland Streetcar[note 7] Portland 4,623,520[54][note 8] 15,248[54][note 9] 7.35 miles (11.83 km)[55] 2,723 2001[55] 76[55] 2[55] 2015[56]
25 River LINE[note 1][57] Trenton-
Camden
2,830,339[27] 8,954[27] 34 miles (55 km)[27] 263 2004 20[58] 1[58] n/a
26 SPRINTER[note 3][59] Oceanside
-Escondido
2,739,900 8,900 22 miles (35 km)[60] 405 2008[60] 15[60] 1[60] n/a
27 RTA Rapid Transit:[note 10]
Blue and Green Lines
Cleveland 2,608,100 7,145[note 4] 15.3 miles (24.6 km)[61] 467 1913[62] 34[61] 2[61] 1996[62]
28 Tide Light Rail Norfolk 1,695,900 5,800 7.4 miles (11.9 km)[63] 784 2011[64] 11[63] 1[63] n/a
29 Seattle Streetcar[note 3] Seattle 622,000 1,800 3.8 miles (6.1 km) 474 2007 21 2 2016
30 MATA Trolleys[note 2] Memphis 485,100[note 11] 0[note 11] 6.3 miles (10.1 km) 0[note 11] 1993[65] 25[66] 3[66] 2004[65]
31 TECO Line Streetcars[note 2] Tampa 285,900 600 2.7 miles (4.3 km)[67] 222 2002 11[68] 1[68] 2010
32 S Line (Utah Transit Authority) Salt Lake City n/a 1,087[69] 2 miles (3.2 km) 544 2013 7 1 n/a
33 Sun Link Tucson n/a 4,000[70] 3.9 miles (6.3 km)[71] 1,026 2014 22[71] 1[71] n/a
34 Atlanta Streetcar Atlanta n/a n/a 2.7 miles (4.3 km) n/a 2014 12 1 n/a
35 Dallas Streetcar Dallas n/a n/a 2.45 miles (3.94 km) n/a 2015 6 1 2016
36 DC Streetcar Washington, D.C. n/a n/a 2.4 miles (3.9 km) n/a 2016 8 1 n/a
37 KC Streetcar Kansas City n/a n/a 2.2 miles (3.5 km) n/a 2016 10 1 n/a

Gallery[edit]

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[72] 6.8 miles (10.9 km)[72] 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[73] 2.0 miles (3.2 km)[73] 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.
Metro Streetcar Little Rock, AR 2004[74] 3.4 miles (5.5 km)[74] This heritage streetcar system is primarily a tourist system, rather than a transit system; APTA does not provide ridership figures for this system.
River Street Streetcar Savannah, GA 2009 1.0 mile (1.6 km) This heritage streetcar system is primarily a tourist system, rather than a transit system; APTA does not track this system.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g 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 i This line or system is operated using heritage streetcars.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 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 This is the Average Daily Ridership figure, not an "Average Weekday Ridership" figure – it is averaged from the Q4 2014 Total Ridership figure for this system.
  5. ^ As current incarnation of light rail.
  6. ^ May or may not qualify as "light rail" (or as a true "mass transit" system),[to whom?] but is included in this table for comparison purposes (and due to its ridership statistics being tracked by APTA).
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ This annual ridership figure is for Fiscal Year 2015.
  9. ^ April 2016
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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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