List of rail transit systems in the United States

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This is a list of the operating passenger rail transit systems in the United States. This list does not include intercity rail services such as the Alaska Railroad or Amtrak and its state-sponsored subsidiaries. "Region" refers to the metropolitan area based around the city listed, where applicable.


Region State System Lines Authority Type (FTA)
Albuquerque New Mexico New Mexico Rail Runner Express Mid-Region Council of Governments Commuter rail
Atlanta Georgia MARTA Rail System Blue Line, Gold Line, Green Line, and Red Line Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Heavy rail[1]
Atlanta Streetcar Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Streetcar
Austin Texas Capital MetroRail Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Commuter rail[1]
Baltimore Maryland Metro Subway Maryland Transit Administration Heavy rail[1]
Light Rail Maryland Transit Administration Light rail[1]
Boston (Greater Boston region) Massachusetts and Rhode Island MBTA Commuter Rail Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Commuter rail[2]
Boston Massachusetts MBTA Subway Blue Line, Orange Line, and Red Line Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Heavy rail[2]
MBTA Subway Green Line Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Light rail[2]
MBTA Subway Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Heritage light rail
Buffalo New York Metro Rail Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Light rail[1]
Camden and Trenton New Jersey River Line NJ Transit Tram-train
Charlotte North Carolina LYNX Rapid Transit Services Blue Line Charlotte Area Transit System Light rail[1]
LYNX Rapid Transit Services Gold Line Charlotte Area Transit System Heritage streetcar
Chicago Illinois and Indiana South Shore Line Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Commuter rail[3]
Chicago Illinois Metra Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation Commuter rail[1]
The L Red Line, Orange Line, Yellow Line, Green Line, Blue Line, Purple Line, Brown Line, and the Pink Line Chicago Transit Authority Heavy rail[1]
Airport Transit System Chicago Airport Authority VAL
Cincinnati Ohio Cincinnati Bell Connector Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (operation contracted to Transdev) Streetcar
Cleveland Ohio RTA Rapid Transit Red Line Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Heavy rail[1]
RTA Rapid Transit Blue, Green, and Waterfront Lines Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Light rail
Dallas Texas DART commuter rail Trinity Railway Express Dallas Area Rapid Transit/
Fort Worth Transportation Authority
Commuter rail[1]
DART Light Rail Green, Blue, Red, and Orange Lines Dallas Area Rapid Transit Light rail[1]
Dallas Streetcar City of Dallas (operation contracted to DART) Streetcar
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority M-Line McKinney Avenue Transit Authority Heritage streetcar[1]
Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex Texas Skylink Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport People mover
Denton Texas A-Train Denton County Transportation Authority Commuter rail
Denver Colorado RTD Rail Lines A and B Regional Transportation District Commuter Rail[1]
RTD Rail Lines C, D, E, F, H, R, and W Regional Transportation District Light rail[1]
Detroit Michigan QLine M-1 Rail Streetcar
Detroit People Mover Detroit Transportation Corporation Automated people mover[1]
El Paso Texas El Paso Streetcar Sun Metro Heritage streetcar
Fort Smith Arkansas Birney Safety Streetcar No. 224[4] Fort Smith Streetcar Restoration Association[5] Heritage streetcar
Houston Texas METRORail North/Red, Southeast/Purple, and East End/Green lines Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas Light rail[1]
Indianapolis Indiana Indiana University Health People Mover Indiana University Health People mover
Irving Texas Las Colinas APT System Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District People mover
Jacksonville Florida Skyway Jacksonville Transportation Authority Automated guideway transit[1]
Jersey City/Hudson County New Jersey Hudson–Bergen Light Rail New Jersey Transit Light rail[1]
Kansas City Missouri KC Streetcar Kansas City Streetcar Authority/City of Kansas City (operation contracted to Herzog Transit Services) Streetcar
Kenosha Wisconsin Kenosha Streetcars Kenosha Transit Streetcar
Las Vegas Nevada Las Vegas Monorail Las Vegas Monorail Company Monorail
Little Rock Arkansas Metro Streetcar Rock Region Metro Heritage streetcar[1]
Greater Los Angeles California Metrolink Southern California Regional Rail Authority Commuter rail
Los Angeles California Metro Rail Purple Line and Red Line Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Heavy rail[1]
Metro Rail Blue Line, Expo Line, Green Line, and Gold Line Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Light rail[1]
Memphis Tennessee MATA Trolley Main Street Line, Riverfront Loop, and Madison Avenue Line Memphis Area Transit Authority Heritage streetcar
Miami Florida Tri-Rail South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Commuter rail
Metrorail Miami-Dade Transit Heavy rail[1]
Metromover Miami-Dade Transit Automated guideway transit[1]
Milwaukee Wisconsin The Hop City of Milwaukee (operation contracted to Transdev) Streetcar
Minneapolis–Saint Paul Minnesota METRO Blue and Green lines Metro Transit Light rail[1]
Northstar Line Metro Transit Commuter rail[1]
Morgantown West Virginia Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit West Virginia University People mover
Nashville Tennessee Music City Star Regional Transportation Authority Commuter rail[1]
New Haven Connecticut Shore Line East Connecticut Department of Transportation Commuter rail
New Orleans Louisiana New Orleans streetcars St. Charles Avenue, Riverfront, Canal Street, and Loyola Avenue Lines New Orleans Regional Transit Authority Heritage streetcar[1]
New York New York Long Island Rail Road Metropolitan Transportation Authority Commuter rail
New York and Connecticut Metro-North Railroad Metropolitan Transportation Authority Commuter rail
New York New York City Subway A, B, C, D, E, F, G, J/Z, L, M, N, Q, R, S, W, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 Services New York City Transit Authority Heavy rail[1]
New York Staten Island Railway Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority Heavy rail
New York and New Jersey PATH Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Heavy rail
New York AirTrain JFK Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Automated light rail[1]
Newark New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia New Jersey Transit commuter rail New Jersey Transit Commuter rail
New Jersey Newark Light Rail New Jersey Transit Light rail[1]
New Jersey AirTrain Newark Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Monorail
Norfolk Virginia Tide Light Rail Hampton Roads Transit Light rail
Norristown Pennsylvania Norristown High Speed Line SEPTA Heavy rail[6]
Oakland California Oakland Airport Connector Coliseum–Oakland International Airport line San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Automated guideway transit
Oceanside California SPRINTER North County Transit District Light rail[7]
Oklahoma City Oklahoma Oklahoma City Streetcar City of Oklahoma City (operation contracted to Herzog Transit Services) Streetcar
Orlando Metro Area Florida SunRail Central Florida Commuter rail
Philadelphia Pennsylvania and New Jersey PATCO Speedline Port Authority Transit Corporation Heavy rail
Pennsylvania SEPTA Regional Rail SEPTA Commuter rail[6]
Pennsylvania SEPTA Subway-Elevated Lines Broad Street and Market–Frankford Lines SEPTA Heavy rail[6]
Pennsylvania SEPTA Trolley Lines Subway-Surface lines (routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36), and suburban routes 101 and 102 SEPTA Light rail[1][6]
Pennsylvania SEPTA Trolley Lines Route 15 SEPTA Heritage streetcar
Phoenix Arizona Valley Metro Rail Valley Metro Light rail
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania The T Red Line, Blue Line - South Hills Village, and Blue Line - Library Port Authority of Allegheny County Light rail[1]
Portland metro area (west side suburbs) Oregon WES Commuter Rail TriMet Commuter rail
Portland Oregon MAX Blue, Green, Orange, Red, and Yellow Lines TriMet Light rail[1]
Oregon Portland Streetcar NS Line and Loop Service Portland Streetcar, Inc. Streetcar[1]
Sacramento California Light Rail Blue Line, Gold Line, and Green Line Sacramento Regional Transit District Light rail[1]
St. Louis Missouri Loop Trolley[8] Loop Trolley Co.[9] Heritage streetcar[10]
Missouri and Illinois MetroLink Red Line and Blue Line Bi-State Development Agency Light rail[1]
Salt Lake City Utah The FrontRunner train (750) Utah Transit Authority Commuter rail
Streetcar S Line (720) Utah Transit Authority Streetcar
TRAX Blue Line (701), Red Line (703), and Green Line (704) Utah Transit Authority Light rail
San Diego California Coaster San Diego Northern Railway Commuter rail
San Diego Trolley Blue, Green, and Orange Lines San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Light rail[1]
San Diego Trolley Silver Line San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Heritage streetcar
San Francisco Bay Area California Bay Area Rapid Transit San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Heavy rail[1]
San Francisco California Muni Metro Lines J, K, L, M, N, S (very limited service), and T Municipal Transportation Agency Light rail[11]
Muni Heritage Streetcars E Embarcadero and F Market & Wharves Municipal Transportation Agency Heritage streetcar[11]
Cable car system Powell-Mason (line 59), Powell-Hyde (60), and California Street (61) Municipal Transportation Agency Heritage cable car[11]
San Francisco[a] California AirTrain San Francisco International Airport People mover
San Jose California Altamont Corridor Express San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission Commuter rail[1]
Light Rail Alum Rock – Santa Teresa, Mountain View – Winchester, and Almaden Shuttle Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Light rail[11]
Caltrain Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board Commuter rail[11]
San Juan Puerto Rico Tren Urbano Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas Heavy rail[1]
Seattle/Tacoma Washington Sounder Sound Transit Commuter rail[1]
Seattle Washington Link light rail Central Link Sound Transit (operation contracted to King County Metro) Light rail
Seattle Center Monorail City of Seattle Monorail
Seattle Streetcar Network First Hill Streetcar and South Lake Union Streetcar City of Seattle (operation contracted to King County Metro) Streetcar
Sonoma / Marin California Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit District Commuter rail
Tacoma Washington Link Light Rail Tacoma Link Sound Transit Light rail[1]
Tampa Florida TECO Line Streetcar System Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority Heritage streetcar[1]
Tucson Arizona Sun Link City of Tucson (operation contracted to RATP) Streetcar
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia, Maryland, and West Virginia MARC Maryland Transit Administration Commuter rail[1]
District of Columbia and Virginia Virginia Railway Express Virginia Railway Express Commuter rail
District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Metrorail Red, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Silver Lines Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Heavy rail[1]
District of Columbia DC Streetcar H Street/Benning Road Line D.C. Department of Transportation (operation contracted to RATP) Streetcar
  1. ^ While this system is located entirely within unincorporated San Mateo County, it serves the San Francisco International Airport, which is owned and managed by the City and County of San Francisco

Approved or under construction[edit]

Region State System Authority Type (FTA) Opening Notes
Galveston Texas Galveston Island Trolley[12] Island Transit[13] Heritage streetcar[12] December 2019[14] Formerly operated from 1988 to 2008.[12]
Tempe Arizona Tempe Streetcar[15] Valley Metro[16] Tram[17] Autumn 2020[18]
Honolulu Hawaii Honolulu Rail Transit[19] Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation[20] Rapid transit[21] December 2025[20]
Research Triangle North Carolina Durham–Orange Light Rail Transit[22] GoTriangle[22] Light rail[22] 2028[23] Contruction will begin in 2020.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as Federal Transit Administration, FTA Assisted New Starts and Extensions Archived 2006-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 17, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Federal Transit Administration, Region 19: Boston-Worchester-Manchester, MA-NH CSA Archived 2007-07-12 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 17, 2007.
  3. ^ Federal Transit Administration, Appendix B: Additional Studies and Projects as of November 2004 Archived 2006-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Schnedler, Jack (14 September 2017). "Trolley, rail cars a part of Fort Smith's heritage". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Fort Smith Trolley Museum : Home". Fort Smith Trolley Museum. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Federal Transit Administration, Title VI Compliance Review of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, February 2006
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Loop Trolley opens to public, is unable to operate in Delmar Loop". KMOV 4. CBS. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  9. ^ Schlinkmann, Mark (15 November 2018). "Snow-go: Loop Trolley opening pushed back. Again". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  10. ^ Zhou, George (30 March 2018). "Why St Louis Built a Streetcar To Nowhere". The American Conservative. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e Federal Transit Administration, Region 2: San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA CSA Archived 2007-03-20 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 17, 2007.
  12. ^ a b c "Galveston Island Trolley | History". Galveston Island Trolley. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Island Transit - Galveston Transportation Services | Galveston, TX - Official Website". Galveston. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  14. ^ Powell, Nick (18 September 2018). "10 years after Ike, Galveston has bounced back but questions remain on island's long-term survival". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  15. ^ Vanek, Corina (21 August 2018). "Federal agency OKs next construction phase for Tempe Streetcar". Phoenix Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  16. ^ MacDonald-Evoy, Jerod (24 April 2017). "Tempe streetcar construction starts soon". azcentral. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  17. ^ Groff, Garin (2 February 2012). "First glimpse at Tempe streetcar project to be unveiled". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Feds give green light to next phase in Tempe Streetcar project". KTAR News. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  19. ^ Slowey, Kim (18 April 2018). "Uncertainty surrounds $8B Honolulu rail project". Construction Dive. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  20. ^ a b Pang, Gordon Y.K. (2 July 2018). "Honolulu rail's price tag now estimated at $8.3 billion, up $100 million". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  21. ^ Lyte, Brittany (19 July 2017). "Honolulu's Rapid Transit Crisis". CityLab. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  22. ^ a b c d Grubb, Tammy (16 March 2018). "FAQ: Durham and Orange counties are planning for light rail. Here are the facts". The Herald-Sun. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Light Rail | GoTriangle". GoTriangle. Retrieved 25 November 2018.