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 2017,[1] unless otherwise indicated.

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

Rank System Major cities
served
Annual
Ridership
(2017)[1]
Average
Weekday
Ridership
(Q4 2017)[1]
Route
miles
Ridership
per mile
(Q4 2017)
Year
Opened
Lines Stations
1 MTA Long Island Rail Road New York 103,237,200 349,500 321[2] 1,089 1834[3] 11[3] 124[3]
2 NJ Transit Rail New York / Newark / Trenton / Philadelphia 88,478,900 307,853[4] 530[5] 581 1983[6] 11[7][note 1] 164[7]
3 MTA Metro-North Railroad New York / Yonkers / Stamford 86,367,700 306,900 385[8] 797 1983[9] 6[8] 122[8]
4 Metra Chicago 70,923,300 285,400 487.5[10] 490 1984 11[10] 241[10]
5 SEPTA Regional Rail Philadelphia 34,670,200 125,600 280[11] 449 1983 13[11] 153
6 MBTA Commuter Rail Boston / Worcester / Providence 33,784,200 123,100 368[12] 335 1973 13[12] 127[12]
7 Caltrain San Francisco / San Jose 18,819,600 59,700 77[13] 775 1987[note 2] 1 32[13]
8 Metrolink Los Angeles / San Bernardino 10,625,800 37,800 388[14] 97 1992 7[14] 55[14]
9 MARC Train Baltimore / Washington, D.C. 9,280,200 34,700 187 186 1984 3 43
10 Denver RTD:
A and B Lines
Denver 7,105,900 20,500 29[15] 707 2016 2 9
11 UTA FrontRunner[16] Salt Lake City / Provo 4,854,000 17,900 88 203 2008 1 16
12 Virginia Railway Express Washington, D.C. 4,683,000 12,830[note 3] 90[17] 143 1992 2[17] 18[17]
13 Sounder Commuter Rail Seattle / Tacoma 4,431,100 17,700 83[18] 213 2000 2 9
14 Tri-Rail Miami / Fort Lauderdale / West Palm Beach 4,287,400 14,600 70.9[19] 206 1987 1[19] 18[19]
15 NICTD South Shore Line Chicago / South Bend 3,455,800 11,200 90[20] 124 1903 1 20
16 Trinity Railway Express Dallas / Fort Worth 2,103,500 7,700 34 226 1996 1 10
17 Capitol Corridor San Jose / Oakland / Sacramento 1,634,000 5,300 168 32 1991 1 15
18 Keystone Service Philadelphia 1,508,200 5,000 104.6 48 1976(?) 1 12
19 NCTD Coaster San Diego / Oceanside 1,425,900 4,500 41[21] 110 1995[21] 1[21] 8[21]
20 Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) San Jose / Stockton 1,322,200 5,300 86[22] 62 1998 1[22] 10[22]
21 SunRail Orlando 851,800 2,334[note 3] 32[23] 73 2014 1 12[23]
22 Capital MetroRail Austin 825,700 2,800 32[24] 88 2010 1 9[24]
23 New Mexico Rail Runner Express Albuquerque / Santa Fe 811,500 2,600 97 27 2006 1 13
24 Northstar Line Minneapolis 793,700 2,700 40 68 2009 1 6
25 Shore Line East[note 4] New Haven 606,300 1,900 59 32 1990 1 13
26 Downeaster Boston / Brunswick, Maine 545,900 1,400 148 9 2001 1 12
27 A-Train Denton 481,500 1,600 21 76 2011 1 6
28 Westside Express Service Beaverton 433,200 1,700 15 113 2010 1 5
29 SMART San Rafael-Santa Rosa 289,900[note 5] 1,852[note 6] 43[25] 43 2017 1 10[26]
30 Music City Star Nashville 287,800 1,100 32 34 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. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b This is the Average Daily Ridership figure, not an "Average Weekday Ridership" figure – it is averaged from the 2017 Total Ridership figure for this system.
  4. ^ Numbers are from Q4 2016: http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Documents/Ridership/2016-q4-ridership-APTA.pdf
  5. ^ Commuter service on this line began in 2017, so this figure does not represent a complete year of service
  6. ^ This is the Average Daily Ridership figure, not an "Average Weekday Ridership" figure – it is averaged from the Q4 2017 Total Ridership figure for this system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Public Transportation Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2017" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association (APTA). May 13, 2018. Retrieved 2017-05-18 – 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. ^ https://www.njtransit.com/pdf/FactsAtaGlance.pdf
  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. 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-28. 
  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. ^ "RTD - Facts & Figures". Regional Transportation District. April 17, 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  15. ^ "Five Years of FrontRunner". rideuta.com. Utah Transit Authority. April 25, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  16. ^ a b c "VRE Strategic Plan Executive Summary" (pdf). Virginia Railway Express. May 2004. p. v. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  17. ^ "2015 Financial Plan" (pdf). Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit). June 2015. p. 3. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  18. ^ a b c "Transportation Division - Moving Around - Tri-Rail". City of Fort Lauderdale. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  19. ^ 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... 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ a b "SunRail Celebrates Phase 2 Groundbreaking". SunRail. April 22, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  23. ^ a b "Data and Statistics - Fast Facts". Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  24. ^ http://www.sonomamarintrain.org/about-smart
  25. ^ http://sonomamarintrain.org/stations