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
(2018)[1]
Avg. weekday ridership
(Q4 2018)[1]
System
length
Rider. per mile Opened Stations Lines
1. New York City Subway New York City Transit Authority[note 1] New York City 2,629,594,200 8,764,700 245 miles (394 km)[2] 35,774 1904[3] 472[3] 27[3]
2. Washington Metro Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Washington, D.C. 226,349,600 764,300 117 miles (188 km)[4] 6,532 1976[4] 91[4] 6
3. Chicago "L" Chicago Transit Authority Chicago 225,895,100 719,700 102.8 miles (165.4 km)[5] 7,001 1892[5] 146[5] 8[5]
4. MBTA Subway
("The T")
[note 2]
(Blue, Orange, and Red Lines)
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Boston 155,748,800 509,600 38 miles (61 km)[6] 13,411 1901 53[6] 3[6]
5. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)[note 3] Bay Area Rapid Transit District San Francisco Bay Area 125,576,400 416,600 112 miles (180 km)[7] 3,720 1972[8] 46[7] 7[9]
6. SEPTA[note 4]
(Broad Street, Market–Frankford, and Norristown High Speed Lines)
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Philadelphia 93,546,400 327,700 36.7 miles (59.1 km)[10][11] 8,929 1907[12] 75[13] 3[13]
7. PATH Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Manhattan; Hudson County, and Newark 91,593,600 310,000 13.8 miles (22.2 km)[14][15] 22,464 1908[16] 13[14] 4[17]
8. MARTA Rail Transit Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Atlanta 64,854,000 205,800 47.6 miles (76.6 km) 4,324 1979[18] 38[19] 4[19]
9. Metro Rail[note 4]
(Purple and Red Lines)
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Los Angeles 43,300,600 139,100 17.4 miles (28.0 km)[20] 7,994 1993[20] 16[20] 2[20]
10. Metrorail Miami-Dade Transit Miami 19,282,500 67,800 24.4 miles (39.3 km)[21] 2,779 1984[22] 23[21] 2[21]
11. PATCO Speedline Port Authority Transit Corporation Philadelphia, southern New Jersey 10,789,600 38,800 14.2 miles (22.9 km)[23] 2,732 1936[23] 13[23] 1[23]
12. Baltimore Metro Subway Maryland Transit Administration Baltimore 8,270,600 13,700 15.5 miles (24.9 km)[24] 884 1983[25] 14[24] 1[24]
13. Staten Island Railway Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority (SIRTOA) [note 1] Staten Island (New York City) 8,126,100 29,400 14 miles (23 km)[2] 2,100 1860[26] 22[2] 1[2]
14. RTA Rapid Transit[note 4]
(Red Line)
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Cleveland 6,249,800 19,600 19 miles (31 km)[27] 1,032 1955[28] 18[27] 1[27]
15. Tren Urbano Autoridad de Transporte Integrado San Juan 5,192,900 21,000 10.7 miles (17.2 km)[29] 1,963 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Transit Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2018" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. April 12, 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  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 May 26, 2017.
  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. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Media Guide" (pdf). SEPTA. 2013. pp. 7, 11. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  12. ^ "SEPTA 'Elebrates' End Of Project". SEPTA. September 11, 2009.
  13. ^ a b "SEPTA Operating Facts Fiscal Year 2013" (pdf). SEPTA. June 30, 2013. pp. 4–6. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Facts & Info - PATH - The Port Authority of NY & NJ". PATH. 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
  16. ^ "History". PATH. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  17. ^ "Maps & Schedule". PATH. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  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. ^ a b c "Metro Subway". Maryland Transportation Authority. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  25. ^ "2010-2011 MTA Media Guide" (pdf). Maryland Transportation Authority. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  26. ^ Chan, Sewell; Schweber, Nate (December 26, 2008). "Staten Island Rail Car Derails in Tottenville". The New York Times. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  27. ^ a b c "2013 Annual Report - RTA Facts". Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. October 31, 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
  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.