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List of United States light rail systems by ridership

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 2017 and average weekday ridership figures for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2017 come from the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Ridership Reports statistics for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2017,[1] unless otherwise noted (e.g. NJ Transit systems). References with supplementary (i.e. non-APTA) ridership figures are included in the System column.

List

System Largest city
served
Annual
Ridership
(2017)[1]
Avg. daily
weekday
boardings
(Q4 2017)[1]
System
length
Avg. daily
boardings
per mile
(Q4 2016)
Year
opened
Stations Lines Year
last
expanded
1 Metro Rail light rail:[note 1]
Blue, Expo, Gold & Green Lines
Los Angeles 67,921,600 219,900 88.1 miles (141.8 km)[2] 2,496 1990[2] 80[2] 4[2] 2016[2]
2 MBTA light rail:[note 1]
Green Line & Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line[note 2]
Boston 67,029,600 204,000 26 miles (42 km)[3] 7,846 1897;[4]
1929
74[3] 5[3] 2004;
n/a
3 Muni Metro[note 1][5]
(incl. E Embarcadero[note 2] & F Market[6][7][note 2])
San Francisco 51,482,600 162,500 35.7 miles (57.5 km)[8] 4,552 1912;[9]
1980[8]
152[7][8] 9[6][8] 2007
4 MAX Light Rail[note 3] Portland 49,173,700 119,700 60 miles (97 km) 1,995 1986 97 5 2015
5 San Diego Trolley[note 3]
(incl. Silver Line[10][note 2])
San Diego 37,215,800 112,100 53.5 miles (86.1 km)[11] 2,095 1981[11] 53[11] 4[10][11] 2005[11]
6 DART[note 3] Dallas 29,759,200 98,700 93 miles (150 km)[12] 1,061 1996[13] 64[12] 4[14] 2016[13]
7 Denver RTD:[note 3]
C, D, E, F, H, R, W, and L
Denver 24,871,200 67,500 58.5 miles (94.1 km)[15] 1,153 1994[16] 62[15] 8 2017[17]
8 SEPTA light rail:[18][note 1]
Subway–Surface Lines, Suburban Trolley Lines & Girard Ave Trolley[note 2]
Philadelphia 24,243,200 80,100 68.4 miles (110.1 km)[19][20] 1,171 1906 >100[19] 8[19][20] 2005
9 METRO Light Rail[note 3] Minneapolis-St. Paul 23,811,200 71,900 21.8 miles (35.1 km)[21][22] 3,298 2004[21] 37[21][22] 2[21][22] 2014[22]
10 Central Link[note 3] Seattle 23,186,633[23] 71,058[23] 20.4 miles (32.8 km)[24] 3,483 2009 16[24] 1[24] 2016[25]
11 TRAX (UTA) and S Line[note 3] Salt Lake City 18,823,500 63,000 46.8 miles (75.3 km)[26][27] 1,346 1999[28] 56[29] 4[29] 2013
12 METRORail Houston 18,808,000 61,100 23.8 miles (38.3 km)[30][31] 2,567 2004[31] 44[30] 3[30] 2017[30]
13 Valley Metro Rail[32] Phoenix 16,269,000 48,900 26.3 miles (42.3 km)[33] 1,859 2008[34] 35[35] 1[34] 2016[36]
14 Hudson–Bergen
Light Rail
[note 1][37]
Jersey City 15,476,386[37] 51,939[37] 17 miles (27 km)[37] 3,055 2000 24[38] 3[38] 2011
15 MetroLink St. Louis 14,115,400 41,400 46 miles (74 km)[39] 900 1993[40] 37[39] 2[41] 2006[42]
16 Sacramento RT Light Rail Sacramento 11,216,500 37,800 42.9 miles (69.0 km)[43] 881 1987[43] 53[43] 3[43] 2015[43]
17 Santa Clara
VTA Light Rail
[note 3]
San Jose 8,669,600 26,900 42.2 miles (67.9 km)[44] 637 1987[44] 62[44] 3[44] 2005[44]
18 RTA Streetcars
in New Orleans
[note 2]
New Orleans 8,097,500 20,400 22.3 miles (35.9 km)[45][46] 914 1835 streetcar-like surface stops 4[45] 2013[45]
19 The T:
Pittsburgh Light Rail
Pittsburgh 7,751,500 21,237[note 4] 26.2 miles (42.2 km)[47] 811 1984[note 5] 53[47] 2[47] 2012[47]
20 Baltimore Light Rail[note 1] Baltimore 7,353,900 23,900 33 miles (53 km)[48] 724 1992 33[48] 3[48] 1997
21 San Francisco
cable car system
[note 2][note 6]
San Francisco 5,799,300 14,300 5.2 miles (8.4 km) 2,750 1878[49] streetcar-like surface stops 3[7][50] 1952
22 Newark Light Rail[note 1][37] Newark 5,531,921[37] 19,573[37] 6.2 miles (10.0 km)[37] 3,157 1935 16[38] 2[38] 2006
23 Charlotte Area Transit System:
Blue and Gold Lines
Charlotte 5,228,500 16,900 20.8 miles (33.5 km)[51][52] 813 2007[53] 31[51][52] 2[51] 2018[54]
24 Portland Streetcar[note 7] Portland 4,710,854[55][note 8] 12,906[note 4][55][note 9] 7.35 miles (11.83 km)[56] 1,756 2001[56] 76[56] 2[56] 2015[57]
25 Buffalo Metro Rail Buffalo 4,560,600 16,900 6.4 miles (10.3 km) 2,641 1984 14[58] 1[58] n/a
26 River LINE[note 1][37] Trenton-
Camden
2,713,160[37] 8,633[37] 34 miles (55 km)[37] 254 2004 20[59] 1[59] 2013
27 SPRINTER[note 3][60] Oceanside
-Escondido
2,570,700 8,600 22 miles (35 km)[61] 391 2008[61] 15[61] 1[61] n/a
28 RTA Rapid Transit:[note 10]
Blue and Green Lines
Cleveland 2,114,200 5,792[note 4] 15.3 miles (24.6 km)[62] 379 1913[63] 34[62] 2[62] 1996[63]
29 KC Streetcar Kansas City 2,060,327[64] 5,645[64][note 4] 2.2 miles (3.5 km) 2,566 2016 16[65] 1 n/a
30 Seattle Streetcar[note 3] Seattle 1,417,500 4,800 3.8 miles (6.1 km) 1,263 2007 21 2 2016
31 Q-Line Detroit 1,350,000 [66] 3,699 [note 4][66] 3.3 miles (5.3 km) 1,121 2017 20 1 n/a
32 Tide Light Rail Norfolk 1,308,700 4,100 7.4 miles (11.9 km)[67] 554 2011[68] 11[67] 1[67] n/a
33 DC Streetcar Washington, D.C. 1,184,800 3,700 2.4 miles (3.9 km) 1,542 2016 8 1 n/a
34 Tacoma Link[note 3] Tacoma 972,405[23] 3,427[23] 1.6 miles (2.6 km)[24] 2,142 2003 5[24] 1[24] n/a[25]
35 Sun Link Tucson 900,539[69] 2,467[69] 3.9 miles (6.3 km)[70] 632 2014 22[70] 1[70] n/a
36 Cincinnati Bell Connector[71] Cincinnati 578,641[72] 1,585 [note 4][72] 3.6 miles (5.8 km)[73] 449 2016[74] 18[73] 1 n/a
37 Atlanta Streetcar Atlanta 429,500 900 2.7 miles (4.3 km) 333 2014 12 1 n/a
38 TECO Line Streetcars[note 2] Tampa 282,100 400 2.7 miles (4.3 km)[75] 148 2002 11[76] 1[76] 2010
39 Dallas Streetcar Dallas 158,000[77] 600 [77] 2.45 miles (3.94 km) 245 2015 6 1 2016

Gallery

Systems excluded from ridership table

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[78] 6.8 miles (10.9 km)[78] 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[79] 2.0 miles (3.2 km)[79] 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.
Metro Streetcar Little Rock, AR 2004[80] 3.4 miles (5.5 km)[80] This heritage streetcar system is primarily a tourist system, rather than a transit system; APTA does not provide ridership figures for this system.
River Street Streetcar Savannah, GA 2009 1.0 mile (1.6 km) This heritage streetcar system is primarily a tourist system, rather than a transit system; APTA does not track this system.

See also

Notes

  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 i j k 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. ^ a b c d e f This is the Average Daily Ridership figure, not an "Average Weekday Ridership" figure – it is averaged from the 2017 Total Ridership figure for this system.
  5. ^ As current incarnation of light rail.
  6. ^ May or may not qualify as "light rail" (or as a true "mass transit" system),[to whom?] but is included in this table for comparison purposes (and due to its ridership statistics being tracked by APTA).
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ This annual ridership figure is for Fiscal Year 2017.
  9. ^ FY2017
  10. ^ 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.

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