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 2015,[1] unless otherwise indicated.

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

Rank System Major cities
served
Annual
Ridership
(2015)[1]
Average
Weekday
Ridership
(Q4 2015)[1]
Route
miles
Ridership
per mile
(Q4 2015)
Year
Opened
Lines Stations
1 MTA Long Island Rail Road New York 98,699,400 333,600 321[2] 1,039 1834[3] 11[3] 124[3]
2 NJ Transit Rail New York / Philadelphia / Newark 88,621,500 323,400[4] 530[5] 610 1983[6] 11[7][note 1] 164[7]
3 MTA Metro-North Railroad New York / Yonkers / Bridgeport 85,747,600 304,800 385[8] 792 1983[9] 6[8] 122[8]
4 Metra Chicago 73,071,100 292,000 487.7[10] 599 1984 11[10] 241[10]
5 SEPTA Regional Rail Philadelphia 37,804,600 134,300 280[11] 480 1983 13[11] 153
6 MBTA Commuter Rail Boston / Providence 32,592,500 122,100 368[12] 332 1973 13[12] 127[12]
7 Caltrain San Francisco / San Jose 18,821,700 56,900 77[13] 739 1987 1 32[13]
8 Metrolink Los Angeles / San Bernardino 11,395,000 40,500 388[14] 104 1992 7[14] 55[14]
9 MARC Train Baltimore / Washington, D.C. 9,149,900 33,800 187 181 1984 3 43
10 UTA FrontRunner[15] Salt Lake City / Provo 4,645,300 17,600 88 200 2008 1 16
11 Virginia Railway Express Washington, D.C. 4,374,000 11,983[note 2] 90[16] 133 1992 2[16] 18[16]
12 Tri-Rail Miami / Fort Lauderdale / West Palm Beach 4,240,600 14,200 70.9[17] 200 1987 1[17] 18[17]
13 Sounder Commuter Rail Seattle / Tacoma 3,797,600 15,000 83[18] 181 2000 2 9
14 NICTD South Shore Line Chicago / South Bend 3,615,700 14,200 90[19] 158 1903 1 20
15 Trinity Railway Express Dallas / Fort Worth 2,164,300 8,100 34 238 1996 1 10
16 NCTD Coaster San Diego / Oceanside 1,600,400 4,800 41[20] 117 1995[20] 1[20] 8[20]
17 Capitol Corridor San Jose / Oakland
/ Sacramento
1,499,700 4,900 168 29 1991 1 15
18 Keystone Service Philadelphia 1,374,800 4,600 104.6 44 1976(?) 1 12
19 Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) San Jose / Stockton 1,255,700 5,000 86[21] 58 1998 1[21] 10[21]
20 SunRail Orlando 958,800 2,627[note 2] 32[22] 82 2014 1 12[22]
21 New Mexico Rail Runner Express Albuquerque / Santa Fe 930,000 2,900 97 30 2006 1 13
22 Capital MetroRail Austin 839,600 2,800 32[23] 88 2010 1 9[23]
23 Northstar Line Minneapolis 722,600 2,500 40 63 2009 1 6
24 Shore Line East New Haven 610,000 2,000 59 34 1990 1 13
25 A-Train Denton 557,700 1,900 21 90 2011 1 6
26 Westside Express Service Beaverton 461,000 1,700 15 113 2010 1 5
27 Downeaster Boston / Brunswick, Maine 426,700 1,300 148 9 2001 1 12
28 Music City Star Nashville 273,700 750[note 2] 32 23 2006 1 6

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b c 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Public Transportation Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2015" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association (APTA). March 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-27 – 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. ^ "TRAVEL PATTERNS in the New York Metropolitan Area - FOURTH QUARTER (Q4) - 2014" (PDF). The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ "New Jersey State Rail Plan" (pdf). State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation. April 2015. p. ES-5. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  6. ^ "NJ Transit - About Us - History & Structure". NJ Transit. 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  7. ^ a b "NJ Transit Facts at a Glance Fiscal Year 2015" (pdf). NJ Transit. March 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "MTA Metro-North Railroad - MNR About MNR". Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  10. ^ a b c "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. 2015. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  11. ^ a b "SEPTA - Media Guide" (pdf). SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority). 2013. p. 7. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ a b "Caltrain Modernization Quarterly Update" (pdf). Caltrain. February 2016. p. 2. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  14. ^ "Five Years of FrontRunner". rideuta.com. Utah Transit Authority. April 25, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  15. ^ a b c "VRE Strategic Plan Executive Summary" (pdf). Virginia Railway Express. May 2004. p. v. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  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. 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.