List of United States rapid transit systems by ridership

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The following is a list of all heavy rail rapid transit systems in the United States. It does not include statistics for bus or light rail systems (see: List of United States light rail systems by ridership for the latter). All ridership figures represent "unlinked" passenger trips (i.e. line transfers on multi-line systems register as separate trips). The data are provided by the American Public Transportation Association's Ridership Reports.

System Transit agency City/Area served Annual ridership
(2019)[1]
Avg. weekday ridership
(Q4 2019)[1]
System
length
Rider. per mile Opened Stations Lines
1. New York City Subway New York City Transit Authority[note 1] New York City 2,274,960,100 9,117,400 245 miles (394 km)[2] 37,214 1904[3] 472[3] 27[3]
2. Washington Metro Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Washington, D.C. 237,701,100 816,700 117 miles (188 km)[4] 6,980 1976[4] 91[4] 6
3. Chicago "L" Chicago Transit Authority Chicago 218,467,000 695,300 102.8 miles (165.4 km)[5] 6,764 1892[5] 146[5] 8[5]
4. MBTA subway
("The T")
[note 2]
(Blue, Orange, and Red Lines)
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Boston 152,339,700 475,300 38 miles (61 km)[6] 12,508 1901 53[6] 3[6]
5. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)[note 3] Bay Area Rapid Transit District San Francisco Bay Area 123,510,000 421,100 112 miles (180 km)[7] 3,760 1972[8] 48[7] 7[9]
6. PATH Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Manhattan; Hudson County, and Newark 90,276,600 306,700 13.8 miles (22.2 km)[10][11] 22,225 1908[12] 13[10] 4[13]
7. SEPTA[note 4]
(Broad Street, Market–Frankford, and Norristown High Speed Lines)
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Philadelphia 90,240,800 329,200 36.7 miles (59.1 km)[14][15] 8,970 1907[16] 75[17] 3[17]
8. MARTA rail Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Atlanta 63,998,500 175,338[note 5] 47.6 miles (76.6 km) 3,684 1979[18] 38[19] 4[19]
9. Metro Rail[note 4]
(B and D Lines)
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Los Angeles 41,775,100 130,900 17.4 miles (28.0 km)[20] 7,523 1993[20] 16[20] 2[20]
10. Metrorail Miami-Dade Transit Miami 18,073,100 62,600 24.4 miles (39.3 km)[21] 2,566 1984[22] 23[21] 2[21]
11. PATCO Speedline Port Authority Transit Corporation Philadelphia, southern New Jersey 11,107,500 38,400 14.2 miles (22.9 km)[23] 2,704 1936[23] 13[23] 1[23]
12. Staten Island Railway Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority (SIRTOA) [note 1] Staten Island (New York City) 7,741,000 28,500 14 miles (23 km)[2] 2,036 1860[24] 22[2] 1[2]
13. Baltimore Metro SubwayLink Maryland Transit Administration Baltimore 7,325,500 36,600 15.5 miles (24.9 km)[25] 2,361 1983[26] 14[25] 1[25]
14. RTA Rapid Transit[note 4]
(Red Line)
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Cleveland 5,958,000 15,900 19 miles (31 km)[27] 837 1955[28] 18[27] 1[27]
15. Tren Urbano Autoridad de Transporte Integrado San Juan 5,233,900 20,300 10.7 miles (17.2 km)[29] 1,897 2004[29] 16[29] 1[29]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Agency is a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
  2. ^ System also includes the Green Line and Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line light rail lines; ridership data for these light rail lines is not included in statistics shown here.
  3. ^ Figures only include BART's five rapid transit lines, and not the system's AGT line to Oakland Airport or the eBART line.
  4. ^ a b c System also includes light rail lines. Ridership data for such lines is not included in statistics given.
  5. ^ This is the Average Daily Ridership figure, not an "Average Weekday Ridership" figure – it is averaged from the 2019 Total Ridership figure for this system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Transit Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2019" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. February 27, 2020. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Years Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015" (pdf). Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). July 26, 2017. p. 168. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "The MTA Network - New York City Transit at a Glance". Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "About Metro". Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d "Facts at a Glance". Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Ridership and Service Statistics, Fourteenth Edition 2014" (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. July 2014. pp. 3–4, 6. Archived from the original (pdf) on September 12, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "System Facts". Bay Area Rapid Transit. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  8. ^ "Rider recalls first day of BART passenger service on Sept. 11, 1972". Bay Area Rapid Transit. September 11, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  9. ^ "BART - Schedules By Line". Bay Area Rapid Transit. 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Criteria Air Pollutant (CAP) Emission Inventory (EI) for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey: 2008 Summary and 2006-2008 Trends" (pdf). PATH. June 2010. p. 4. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  11. ^ "Facts & Info - PATH - The Port Authority of NY & NJ". PATH. 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  12. ^ "History". PATH. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  13. ^ "Maps & Schedule". PATH. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  14. ^ "SEPTA Route Statistics 2014" (PDF). Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Service Planning Department. Spring 2014. pp. 9, 13, 221. Archived from the original (pdf) on May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  15. ^ "Media Guide" (pdf). SEPTA. 2013. pp. 7, 11. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  16. ^ "SEPTA 'Elebrates' End Of Project". SEPTA. September 11, 2009.
  17. ^ a b "SEPTA Operating Facts Fiscal Year 2013" (pdf). SEPTA. June 30, 2013. pp. 4–6. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  18. ^ "About MARTA: MARTA's Past & Future". Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  19. ^ a b "Bombardier Partners with Atlanta to Improve Track Worker Protection with TrackSafe Technology" (Press release). Bombardier. April 17, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  20. ^ a b c d "Chapter 1.0 - Purpose and Need", Westside Transit Corridor Extension Study: Final Alternatives Analysis Study (pdf), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, January 2009, pp. 1–18, retrieved September 28, 2012
  21. ^ a b c "Metrorail". Miami-Dade County. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  22. ^ "Miami-Dade Transit History". Miami-Dade County. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  23. ^ a b c d "A History of Commitment". Port Authority Transit Corporation. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  24. ^ Chan, Sewell; Schweber, Nate (December 26, 2008). "Staten Island Rail Car Derails in Tottenville". The New York Times. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  25. ^ a b c "Metro Subway". Maryland Transportation Authority. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  26. ^ "2010-2011 MTA Media Guide" (pdf). Maryland Transportation Authority. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  27. ^ a b c "2013 Annual Report - RTA Facts". Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. October 31, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  28. ^ "RTA History". Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  29. ^ a b c d "Project Profiles: Tren Urbano". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 28, 2012.