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 2014,[1] unless otherwise indicated.

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

Rank System Major cities
served
Annual
Ridership
(2014)[1]
Average
Weekday
Ridership
(Q4 2014)[1]
Route
miles
Ridership
per mile
(Q4 2014)
Year
Opened
Lines Stations
1 MTA Long Island Rail Road New York 98,393,700 337,800 321[2] 1,052 1834[3] 11[3] 124[3]
2 New Jersey Transit Rail New York / Philadelphia 86,383,800 236,668[note 1] 398.2 594 1983[4] 11[5][note 2] 164[5]
3 MTA Metro-North Railroad New York 84,468,800 298,900 385[6] 776 1983[7] 6[6] 122[6]
4 Metra Chicago 74,381,900 290,500 487.7[8] 596 1984 11[8] 241[8]
5 SEPTA Regional Rail Philadelphia 37,132,500 134,600 280[9] 481 1983 13[9] 153
6 MBTA Commuter Rail Boston / Providence 36,087,600 130,600 368[10] 355 1973 13[10] 127[10]
7 Caltrain San Francisco / San Jose 17,942,600 56,700 77 736 1987 1 32
8 Metrolink Los Angeles / San Bernardino 11,489,700 41,200 388[11] 106 1992 7[11] 55[11]
9 MARC Train Baltimore / Washington, D.C. 9,364,800 35,200 187 188 1984 3 43
10 Virginia Railway Express Washington, D.C. 4,513,500 17,900 90[12] 199 1992 2[12] 18[12]
11 UTA FrontRunner[13] Salt Lake City / Ogden / Provo 4,416,100 16,800 88 191 2008 1 16
12 Tri-Rail Miami 4,389,600 14,400 70.9[14] 203 1987 1[14] 18[14]
13 NICTD South Shore Line Chicago / South Bend 3,614,200 11,800 90 131 1903 1 20
14 Sounder Commuter Rail Seattle / Tacoma 3,362,800 13,700 80 171 2000 2 9
15 Trinity Railway Express Dallas / Fort Worth 2,293,500 8,200 34 241 1996 1 10
16 NCTD Coaster San Diego / Oceanside 1,748,200 4,900 41[15] 120 1995[15] 1[15] 8[15]
17 Capitol Corridor San Jose / Oakland
/ Sacramento
1,436,000 4,500 168 27 1991 1 15
18 Keystone Service Philadelphia / Harrisburg 1,340,600 4,400 104.6 42  ? 1 12
19 Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) San Jose / Stockton 1,179,400 4,600 86 53 1998 1 10
20 New Mexico Rail Runner Express Albuquerque / Santa Fe 1,062,700 3,400 97 35 2006 1 13
21 SunRail Orlando 540,700[note 3] 3,200 31.7[16] 101 2014 1 12[16]
22 Capital MetroRail Austin 782,100 2,800 32[17] 88 2010 1 9[17]
23 Northstar Line Minneapolis 721,200 2,500 40 63 2009 1 6
24 Shore Line East New Haven 658,300 2,200 59 37 1990 1 13
25 A-Train Denton 570,100 1,900 21 90 2011 1 6
26 Westside Express Service Beaverton 501,100 1,800 15 120 2010 1 5
27 Downeaster Boston / Brunswick, Maine 494,900 1,100 148 7 2001 1 12
28 Music City Star Nashville 256,700 1,000 32 31 2006 1 6

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This figure 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.
  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. ^ SunRail began operation on May 1, 2014, so this ridership figure only covers the ridership over a partial year (from May–December 2014).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Transit Ridership Report Fourth Quarter and End-of-Year 2014" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association (APTA) (via: http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx ). March 3, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-14. 
  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. ^ "NJ Transit - About Us - History & Structure". NJ Transit. 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  5. ^ a b "NJ Transit Facts at a Glance Fiscal Year 2012" (pdf). NJ Transit. March 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "MTA Metro-North Railroad - MNR About MNR". Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  8. ^ a b c "Metra Passenger Operations" (pdf). Metra. October 14, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  9. ^ a b "SEPTA - Media Guide" (pdf). SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority). 2013. p. 7. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ a b c "VRE Strategic Plan Executive Summary" (pdf). Virginia Railway Express. May 2004. p. v. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  12. ^ "Five Years of FrontRunner". rideuta.com. Utah Transit Authority. April 25, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  13. ^ a b c "Transportation Division - Moving Around - Tri-Rail". City of Fort Lauderdale. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  14. ^ a b c d "COASTER Fact Sheet" (pdf). North County Transit District. January 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  15. ^ a b "SunRail, Central Florida Commuter Rail". Google Maps. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  16. ^ a b "Data and Statistics - Fast Facts". Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-22.