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

System Largest city
served
Annual
Ridership
(2014)[1]
Avg. daily
weekday
boardings
(Q4 2014)[1]
System
length
Avg. daily
boardings
per mile
(Q4 2014)
Year
opened
Stations Lines Year
last
expanded
1 MBTA light rail:[note 1]
Green Line & Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line[note 2]
Boston 69,378,400 223,300 26 miles (42 km)[2] 8,588 1897[3] 74[2] 5[2] 1959
2 Metro Rail light rail:[note 1]
Blue, Expo, Gold & Green Lines
Los Angeles 63,890,000 200,800 70.3 miles (113.1 km)[4] 2,856 1990[4] 65[4] 4[4] 2012[4]
3 Muni Metro[note 1][5]
(incl. F Market[6][7][note 2])
San Francisco 56,712,900 128,500 35.7 miles (57.5 km)[8] 3,599 1980[8] 152[7][8] 8[6][8] 2007
4 San Diego Trolley[note 3]
(incl. Silver Line[9][note 2])
San Diego 39,731,900 119,800 53.5 miles (86.1 km)[10] 2,239 1981[10] 53[10] 4[9][10] 2005[10]
5 MAX Light Rail[note 3] Portland 38,164,600 113,900 52 miles (84 km)[11] 2,190 1986 87[11] 4[11] 2009
6 SEPTA light rail:[12][note 1]
Subway–Surface Lines, Suburban Trolley Lines & Girard Ave Trolley[note 2]
Philadelphia 31,481,900 111,900 68.4 miles (110.1 km)[13][14] 1,636 1906 >100[13] 8[13][14] 2005
7 DART[note 3] Dallas 29,884,200 101,800 85 miles (137 km)[15] 1,198 1996[16] 61[15] 4[17] 2014[16]
8 Denver RTD
The Ride Light Rail
Denver 26,362,900 86,300 47 miles (76 km)[18] 1,836 1994[19] 46[18] 6[18] 2013[20]
9 TRAX (UTA)[note 3] Salt Lake City 19,868,700 68,500 44.8 miles (72.1 km)[21] 1,529 1999[22] 50[23] 3[23] 2013
10 MetroLink St. Louis 17,182,100 49,900 46 miles (74 km)[24] 1,085 1993[25] 37[24] 2[26] 2006[27]
11 Hudson–Bergen
Light Rail
[note 1][28]
Jersey City 16,691,558[29] 54,434[29] 17 miles (27 km)[29] 3,202 2000 24[30] 3[30] 2006
12 METRO Light Rail Minneapolis 16,000,100 62,500 21.8 miles (35.1 km)[31][32] 2,867 2004[31] 37[31][32] 2[31][32] 2014[32]
13 METRO Light Rail (Phoenix)[33] Phoenix 14,263,700 44,800 20 miles (32 km)[34] 2,240 2008[34] 28[34] 1[34] n/a
14 Sacramento RT Light Rail Sacramento 13,399,000 45,200 38.6 miles (62.1 km)[35] 1,171 1987[35] 50[35] 3[35] 2012[35]
15 METRORail Houston 13,300,700 45,300 12.8 miles (20.6 km)[36] 3,539 2004[37] 24[38] 1[36] 2013[36]
16 Link Light Rail:[note 3][39]
Tacoma Link & Central Link
Tacoma
& Seattle
11,915,900 35,200 17.3 miles (27.8 km)[40] 2,035 2003,
2009
5,[40]
13[40]
2[40] n/a
17 Santa Clara
VTA Light Rail
[note 3]
San Jose 11,345,600 35,200 42.2 miles (67.9 km)[41] 834 1987[41] 62[41] 3[41] 2005[41]
18 The T:
Pittsburgh Light Rail
Pittsburgh 8,166,100 27,700 26.2 miles (42.2 km)[42] 1,057 1984 53[42] 2[42] 2012[42]
19 Baltimore Light Rail[note 1] Baltimore 8,092,300 27,100 33 miles (53 km)[43] 821 1992 33[43] 3[43] 1997
20 RTA Streetcars
in New Orleans
[note 2]
New Orleans 7,457,200 23,000 22.3 miles (35.9 km)[44][45] 1,031 1835 streetcar-like surface stops 4[44] 2013[44]
21 San Francisco
cable car system
[note 4][note 2]
San Francisco 7,409,400 20,100 5.2 miles (8.4 km) 3,865 1878[46] streetcar-like surface stops 3[46][7] 1952
22 Portland Streetcar[note 5] Portland 5,627,588[47][note 6] 20,011[47][note 7] 7.35 miles (11.83 km)[48] 2,723 2001[48] 76[48] 2[48] 2012[48]
23 Newark Light Rail[note 1][49] Newark 5,356,687[29] 18,505[29] 6.2 miles (10.0 km)[29] 2,985 1935 17[50] 2[50] 2006
24 LYNX Rapid Transit Services Charlotte 5,130,400 15,800 9.6 miles (15.4 km)[51] 1,729 2007[52] 15[51] 1[51] n/a
25 Buffalo Metro Rail Buffalo 4,300,500 16,500 6.4 miles (10.3 km) 2,578 1984 14[53] 1[53] n/a
26 River LINE[note 1][54] Trenton-
Camden
2,869,707[29] 9,014[29] 34 miles (55 km)[29] 265 2004 20[55] 1[55] n/a
27 RTA Rapid Transit:[note 8]
Blue and Green Lines
Cleveland 2,778,600 7,613[note 9] 15.3 miles (24.6 km)[56] 498 1913[57] 34[56] 2[56] 1996[57]
28 SPRINTER[note 3][58] Oceanside
-Escondido
2,688,400 9,200 22 miles (35 km)[59] 418 2008[59] 15[59] 1[59] n/a
29 Tide Light Rail Norfolk 1,695,900 5,800 7.4 miles (11.9 km)[60] 784 2011[61] 11[60] 1[60] n/a
30 South Lake Union Streetcar[note 3] Seattle 707,700 2,200 1.3 miles (2.1 km)[62] 1,692 2007[63] 11[62] 1[62] n/a
31 MATA Trolleys[note 2] Memphis 485,100[note 10] 0[note 10] 6.3 miles (10.1 km) 0[note 10] 1993[64] 25[65] 3[65] 2004[64]
32 TECO Line Streetcars[note 2] Tampa 273,500 700 2.7 miles (4.3 km)[66] 259 2002 11[67] 1[67] 2010
33 Sun Link Tucson n/a 4,000[68] 3.9 miles (6.3 km)[69] 1,026 2014 22[69] 1[69] 2010

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h 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 This line or system is operated using heritage streetcars.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h 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. ^ It is debatable whether this system truly qualifies as "light rail" (or as a true "transit" system either), but it is included in the table for comparison purposes (and due to its ridership statistics being tracked by APTA).
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ This annual ridership figure is for Fiscal Year 2014, which covers the period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
  7. ^ This figure is from Portland Streetcar's First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 (Q1 FY2015), which covers the same calendar period as Q3 2014: July to September 2014.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.

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[70] 6.8 miles (10.9 km)[70] 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[71] 2.0 miles (3.2 km)[71] 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.
River Rail Streetcar Little Rock, AR 2004[72] 3.4 miles (5.5 km)[72] This heritage streetcar system is primarily a tourist system, rather than a transit system; APTA does not track and does not provide ridership figures for this system.
Port of L.A.
Waterfront Red Car
San Pedro,
Los Angeles, CA
2003[73] 1.5 miles (2.4 km)[73] This heritage streetcar system is primarily a tourist system, rather than a transit system; APTA does not track Port of L.A. transit system(s).

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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