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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 2018 and average weekday ridership figures for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018 come from the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Ridership Reports statistics for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018,[1] unless otherwise noted (e.g. NJ Transit systems). References with supplementary (i.e. non-APTA) ridership figures are included in the System column.

ListEdit

System Largest city
served
Annual
Ridership
(2018)[1]
Avg. daily
weekday
boardings
(Q4 2018)[1]
System
length
Avg. daily
boardings
per mile
(Q4 2018)
Year
opened
Stations Lines Year
last
expanded
1 Metro Rail light rail:[note 1]
Blue, Expo, Gold & Green Lines
Los Angeles 64,715,700 210,400 83.6 miles (134.5 km)[2] 2,517 1990[2] 80[2] 4[2] 2016[2]
2 MBTA light rail:[note 1]
Green Line & Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line[note 2]
Boston 53,715,600 162,900 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 49,971,700 159,900 35.7 miles (57.5 km)[8] 4,479 1912;[9]
1980[8]
152[7][8] 9[6][8] 2015
4 MAX Light Rail[note 3] Portland 38,953,100 119,600 60 miles (97 km) 1,993 1986 97 5 2015
5 San Diego Trolley[note 3]
(incl. Silver Line[10][note 2])
San Diego 37,139,700 115,400 53.5 miles (86.1 km)[11] 2,157 1981[11] 53[11] 4[10][11] 2005[11]
6 DART[note 3] Dallas 28,759,200 95,800 93 miles (150 km)[12] 1,030 1996[13] 64[12] 4[14] 2016[13]
7 Denver RTD:[note 3]
C, D, E, F, H, R, W, and L
Denver 25,669,700 101,700 58.5 miles (94.1 km)[15] 1,738 1994[16] 62[15] 8 2017[17]
8 METRO Light Rail[note 3] Minneapolis-St. Paul 24,955,700 76,600 21.8 miles (35.1 km)[18][19] 3,514 2004[18] 37[18][19] 2[18][19] 2014[19]
9 SEPTA light rail:[20][note 1]
Subway–Surface Lines, Suburban Trolley Lines & Girard Ave Trolley[note 2]
Philadelphia 24,868,200 91,000 68.4 miles (110.1 km)[21][22] 1,330 1906 >100[21] 8[21][22] 2005
10 Central Link[note 3] Seattle 24,416,411[23] 76,042[23] 20.4 miles (32.8 km)[24] 3,728 2009 16[24] 1[24] 2016[25]
11 METRORail Houston 18,806,300 60,700 23.8 miles (38.3 km)[26][27] 2,550 2004[27] 44[26] 3[26] 2017[26]
12 TRAX (UTA) and S Line[note 3] Salt Lake City 17,899,600 57,700 46.8 miles (75.3 km)[28][29] 1,233 1999[30] 56[31] 4[31] 2013
13 Hudson–Bergen
Light Rail
[note 1][32]
Jersey City 15,526,126[32] 51,336[32] 17 miles (27 km)[32] 3,019 2000 24[33] 3[33] 2011
14 Valley Metro Rail[34] Phoenix 15,406,300 46,800 28.2 miles (45.4 km)[35] 1,779 2008[36] 35[37] 1[36] 2019[35]
15 MetroLink St. Louis 13,210,200 39,400 46 miles (74 km)[38] 857 1993[39] 37[38] 2[40] 2006[41]
16 Sacramento RT Light Rail Sacramento 10,464,700 36,800 42.9 miles (69.0 km)[42] 858 1987[42] 53[42] 3[42] 2015[42]
17 Santa Clara
VTA Light Rail
[note 3]
San Jose 8,538,900 27,300 42.2 miles (67.9 km)[43] 647 1987[43] 62[43] 3[43] 2005[43]
18 RTA Streetcars
in New Orleans
[note 2]
New Orleans 7,712,900 18,800 26.9 miles (43.3 km)[44] 699 1835 streetcar-like surface stops 5[44] 2018[44][45]
19 Charlotte Area Transit System:
Blue and Gold Lines
Charlotte 7,376,500 23,200 20.8 miles (33.5 km)[46][47] 1,115 2007[48] 31[46][47] 2[46] 2018[49]
20 The T:
Pittsburgh Light Rail
Pittsburgh 7,328,100 20,077[note 4] 26.2 miles (42.2 km)[50] 766 1984[note 5] 53[50] 2[50] 2012[50]
21 Baltimore Light Rail[note 1] Baltimore 7,157,000 18,400 33 miles (53 km)[51] 558 1992 33[51] 3[51] 1997
22 San Francisco
cable car system
[note 2][note 6]
San Francisco 6,286,900 15,700 5.2 miles (8.4 km) 3,019 1878[52] streetcar-like surface stops 3[7][53] 1952
23 Newark Light Rail[note 1][32] Newark 5,431,305[32] 19,150[32] 6.2 miles (10.0 km)[32] 3,089 1935 16[33] 2[33] 2006
24 Portland Streetcar[note 7] Portland 4,870,555[54][note 8] 13,344[note 4][54][note 9] 7.35 miles (11.83 km)[55] 1,816 2001[55] 76[55] 2[55] 2015[56]
25 Buffalo Metro Rail Buffalo 4,492,200 16,000 6.4 miles (10.3 km) 2,500 1984 14[57] 1[57] n/a
26 eBart[note 1] Contra Costa County, California 2,923,400 8,700 10.1 miles (16.3 km) 861 2018 3 1 n/a
27 River LINE[note 1][32] Trenton-
Camden
2,700,645[32] 8,492[32] 34 miles (55 km)[32] 250 2004 20[58] 1[58] 2013
28 SPRINTER[note 3][59] Oceanside
-Escondido
2,403,200 7,500 22 miles (35 km)[60] 341 2008[60] 15[60] 1[60] n/a
29 KC Streetcar Kansas City 2,108,586[61] 5,777[61][note 4] 2.2 miles (3.5 km) 2,626 2016 16[62] 1 2016
30 Seattle Streetcar[note 3] Seattle 1,686,500 5,500 3.8 miles (6.1 km) 1,447 2007 21 2 2016
31 RTA Rapid Transit:[note 10]
Blue and Green Lines
Cleveland 1,638,100 5,000 15.3 miles (24.6 km)[63] 327 1913[64] 34[63] 2[63] 1996[64]
32 Tide Light Rail Norfolk 1,461,500 4,600 7.4 miles (11.9 km)[65] 621 2011[66] 11[65] 1[65] n/a
33 Q-Line Detroit 1,200,000[67] 3,288[note 4][67] 3.3 miles (5.3 km) 996 2017 20 1 n/a
34 DC Streetcar Washington, D.C. 1,145,300 3,400 2.4 miles (3.9 km) 1,417 2016 8 1 n/a
35 Tacoma Link[note 3] Tacoma 898,614[23] 3,042[23] 1.6 miles (2.6 km)[24] 1,901 2003 5[24] 1[24] n/a[25]
36 Cincinnati Bell Connector[68] Cincinnati 578,641[69] 1,585[note 4][69] 3.6 miles (5.8 km)[70] 449 2016[71] 18[70] 1 n/a
37 Sun Link Tucson 460,270[72] 1,261[72] 3.9 miles (6.3 km)[73] 323 2014 22[73] 1[73] n/a
38 TECO Line Streetcars[note 2] Tampa 423,000 1,700 2.7 miles (4.3 km)[74] 630 2002 11[75] 1[75] 2010
39 MATA Trolley Memphis 302,000 900 2 miles (3.2 km) 450 1993 11[76] 1[77] 2004
40 Atlanta Streetcar Atlanta 280,800 300 2.7 miles (4.3 km) 111 2014 12 1 n/a
41 Dallas Streetcar Dallas 158,000[78] 600[78] 2.45 miles (3.94 km) 245 2015 6 1 2016
42 El Paso Streetcar El Paso 66,700 500 4.8 miles (7.7 km) 104 2018 27[79] 2[80] n/a

GalleryEdit

Systems excluded from ridership tableEdit

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[81] 6.8 miles (10.9 km)[81] 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[82] 2.0 miles (3.2 km)[82] 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[83] 3.4 miles (5.5 km)[83] 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 alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i 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 This is the Average Daily Ridership figure, not an "Average Weekday Ridership" figure – it is averaged from the 2018 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 2018.
  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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