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 Authority Type (FTA)
Albuquerque New Mexico New Mexico Rail Runner Express Mid-Region Council of Governments Commuter rail
Atlanta Georgia MARTA rail Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Heavy rail[1]
Atlanta Streetcar Streetcar
Austin Texas Capital MetroRail Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Commuter rail[1]
Baltimore Maryland Metro Subway Maryland Transit Administration Heavy rail[1]
Light Rail 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 Heavy rail[2]
Light rail[2]
Heritage light rail
Buffalo New York Metro Rail Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Light rail[1]
Camden and Trenton New Jersey River Line New Jersey Transit Tram-train
Charlotte North Carolina LYNX Rapid Transit Services Charlotte Area Transit System Light rail[1]
Heritage streetcar
Chicago Illinois and Indiana South Shore Line Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Commuter rail[3]
Illinois Metra Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation Commuter rail[1]
The L 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 RTA Rapid Transit Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Heavy rail[1]
Light rail
Dallas–Fort Worth Texas Trinity Railway Express Dallas Area Rapid Transit Commuter rail[1]
Trinity Metro
DART Light Rail Dallas Area Rapid Transit Light rail[1]
Dallas Streetcar City of Dallas (operation contracted to DART) Streetcar
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority McKinney Avenue Transit Authority Heritage streetcar[1]
Skylink Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport People mover
A-Train Denton County Transportation Authority Commuter rail
TEXRail Trinity Metro
Denver Colorado RTD Rail Regional Transportation District Commuter Rail[1]
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
Galveston Texas Galveston Island Trolley[4] Island Transit[5] Heritage streetcar[4]
Hartford Connecticut Hartford Line Connecticut Department of Transportation Commuter rail
Houston Texas METRORail Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas Light rail[1]
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
Las Vegas Nevada Las Vegas Monorail Las Vegas Monorail Company Monorail
Little Rock Arkansas Metro Streetcar Rock Region Metro Heritage streetcar[1]
Los Angeles California Metro Rail Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Heavy rail[1]
Metro Rail Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Light rail[1]
Memphis Tennessee MATA Trolley 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 Automated guideway transit[1]
Milwaukee Wisconsin The Hop City of Milwaukee (operation contracted to Transdev) Streetcar
Minneapolis–Saint Paul Minnesota METRO Metro Transit Light rail[1]
Northstar Line 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
New Orleans Louisiana New Orleans streetcars 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
New York New York City Subway Heavy rail[1]
Staten Island Railway Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority
New York and New Jersey PATH Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
New York AirTrain JFK Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Automated light rail[1]
New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia New Jersey Transit commuter rail New Jersey Transit Commuter rail
Newark New Jersey Newark Light Rail Light rail[1]
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 San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Automated guideway transit
Oceanside California SPRINTER North County Transit District Diesel 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, New Jersey, and Delaware SEPTA Regional Rail SEPTA Commuter rail[6]
Pennsylvania SEPTA Subway-Elevated Lines Heavy rail[6]
SEPTA Trolley Lines Light rail[1][6]
Heritage streetcar
Phoenix Arizona Valley Metro Rail Valley Metro Light rail
Tempe Streetcar Streetcar
PHX Sky Train City of Phoenix People mover
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania The T Port Authority of Allegheny County Light rail[1]
Portland metro area (west side suburbs) Oregon WES Commuter Rail TriMet Commuter rail
Portland MAX Light rail[1]
Portland Streetcar Portland Streetcar, Inc. Streetcar[1]
Sacramento California Light Rail Sacramento Regional Transit District Light rail[1]
St. Louis Missouri and Illinois MetroLink Bi-State Development Agency
Missouri Loop Trolley Heritage streetcar
Salt Lake City Utah The FrontRunner train Utah Transit Authority Commuter rail
Streetcar Streetcar
TRAX Light rail
San Diego California Coaster San Diego Northern Railway Commuter rail
San Diego Trolley San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Light rail[1]
San Diego Trolley Heritage streetcar
San Francisco Bay Area Bay Area Rapid Transit San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Heavy rail[1]
Diesel light rail
San Francisco Muni Metro Municipal Transportation Agency Light rail[8]
Muni Heritage Streetcars Heritage streetcar[8]
Cable car system Heritage cable car[8]
San Francisco[a] AirTrain San Francisco International Airport People mover
San Jose Altamont Corridor Express San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission Commuter rail[1]
Light Rail Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Light rail[8]
Caltrain Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board Commuter rail[8]
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 Link light rail Sound Transit (operation contracted to King County Metro) Light rail
Seattle Center Monorail City of Seattle Monorail
Seattle Streetcar Network 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
Southern California Metrolink Southern California Regional Rail Authority
Tacoma Washington Link light rail Sound Transit Light rail[1]
Tampa Florida TECO Line Streetcar 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 Train 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 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Heavy rail[1]
District of Columbia DC Streetcar 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

Under construction[edit]

Region State System Authority Type (FTA) Opening Notes
Tempe Arizona Tempe Streetcar[9] Valley Metro[10] Streetcar[11] 2021
Orange County California OC Streetcar Orange County Transportation Authority Streetcar 2022
Prince George's County and Montgomery County Maryland Purple Line Maryland Transit Administration Light rail
Honolulu Hawaii Honolulu Rail Transit[12] Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation[13] Light metro[14][15][16] 2021 Full line to open in segments through 2025
Dallas Texas Silver Line Dallas Area Rapid Transit Commuter rail 2023
Redlands California Arrow Southern California Regional Rail Authority Commuter rail 2022

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 Federal Transit Administration, FTA Assisted New Starts and Extensions Archived September 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 17, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Federal Transit Administration, Region 19: Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH CSA Archived July 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 17, 2007.
  3. ^ Federal Transit Administration, Appendix B: Additional Studies and Projects as of November 2004 Archived September 28, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b "Galveston Island Trolley | History". Galveston Island Trolley. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Island Transit - Galveston Transportation Services | Galveston, TX - Official Website". City of Galveston. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d Federal Transit Administration, Title VI Compliance Review of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, February 2006
  7. ^ "North County Transit District - SPRINTER". Archived from the original on October 19, 2007.
  8. ^ a b c d e Federal Transit Administration, Region 2: San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA CSA Archived March 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 17, 2007.
  9. ^ Vanek, Corina (August 21, 2018). "Federal agency OKs next construction phase for Tempe Streetcar". Phoenix Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  10. ^ MacDonald-Evoy, Jerod (April 24, 2017). "Tempe streetcar construction starts soon". azcentral. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Groff, Garin (February 2, 2012). "First glimpse at Tempe streetcar project to be unveiled". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Slowey, Kim (April 18, 2018). "Uncertainty surrounds $8B Honolulu rail project". Construction Dive. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  13. ^ Pang, Gordon Y.K. (July 2, 2018). "Honolulu rail's price tag now estimated at $8.3 billion, up $100 million". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  14. ^ Bogonovich, Mike (2013). "Automated Light Metro for Honolulu". Automated People Movers and Transit Systems 2013. American Society of Civil Engineers. pp. 182–203. doi:10.1061/9780784412862.014. ISBN 9780784412862. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  15. ^ Smith, Sandy. "Honolulu Negotiates With Feds Over Light Metro Line". Next City. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  16. ^ "Light rail? Heavy rail? Subway? Rail transit modes fall on a continuum". Greater Greater Washington. April 4, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.