List of United States Light Rail Systems by Ridership

List of United States Light Rail Systems by Ridership

System Largest city
served
Annual
ridership
(2019)
Avg. daily
weekday
boardings
(Q4 2019)
System
length
Avg. daily
boardings
per mile
(Q4 2019)
Year
opened
Stations Lines Year
last
expanded
1 Metro Rail light rail:
A, C, E & L Lines
Los Angeles 51,395,800 161,300 83.6 miles (134.5 km) 1,929 1990 80 4 2016
2 Muni Metro [note 1]
(incl. E Embarcadero [note 2] & F Market [note 2])
San Francisco 49,519,600 157,700 35.7 miles (57.5 km) 4,417 1912;
1980
152 9 2015
3 MBTA light rail: [note 1]
Green Line & Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line
Boston 47,161,500 137,700 26 miles (42 km) 5,296 1897;
1929
74 5

2004;
n/a
4 MAX Light Rail [note 3] Portland 38,388,200 119,600 60 miles (97 km) 1,993 1986 97 5 2015
5 San Diego Trolley [note 3] (incl. Silver Line [note 2]) San Diego 38,047,300 117,700 53.5 miles (86.1 km) 2,200 1981 53 4 2005
6 DAR [note 3] Dallas 28,069,000 92,000 93 miles (150 km) 989 1996 64 4 2016
7 Central Link [note 3] Seattle 25,217,855 79,113 20.4 miles (32.8 km) 3,878 2009 16 1 2016
8 Denver RTD : [note 3] C, D, E, F, H, R, W, and L Denver 24,585,300 95,300 58.5 miles (94.1 km) 1,629 1994 62 8 2019
9 SEPTA light rail: [note 1] Subway–Surface Lines, Suburban Trolley Lines & Girard Ave Trolley [note 2] Philadelphia 24,321,200 66,633 [note 4] 68.4 miles (110.1 km) 974 1906 >100 8 2005
10 METRO Light Rail [note 3] Minneapolis -St. Paul 24,299,400 75,300 21.8 miles (35.1 km) 3,454 2004 37 2 2014
11 METRORail Houston 18,409,100 60,300 23.8 miles (38.3 km) 2,533 2004 44 3 2017
12 TRAX (UTA) andS Line [note 3] Salt Lake City 16,871,800 56,900 46.8 miles (75.3 km) 1,216 1999 56 4 2013
13 Hudson–Bergen
Light Rail [note 1]
Jersey City 15,500,000 42,466 17 miles (27 km) 2,498 2000 24 3 2011
14 Valley Metro Rail Phoenix 15,060,200 47,000 28.2 miles (45.4 km) 1,667 2008 35 1 2019
15 MetroLink St. Louis 13,088,000 38,900 46 miles (74 km) 846 1993 37 2 2006
16 Sacramento RT Light Rail Sacramento 11,180,100 38,400 42.9 miles (69.0 km) 895 1987 53 3 2015
17 Charlotte Area Transit System :
Blue and Gold Lines
Charlotte 8,892,100 29,900 20.8 miles (33.5 km) 1,438 2007 31 2 2018
18 Santa Clara
VTA Light Rail [note 3]
San Jose 8,335,100 26,700 42.2 miles (67.9 km) 632 1987 62 3 2005
19 The T:
Pittsburgh Light Rail
Pittsburgh 7,364,300 20,176 [note 4] 26.2 miles (42.2 km) 770 1984 [note 5] 53 2 2012
20 Baltimore Light Rail [note 1] Baltimore 6,508,700 25,300 33 miles (53 km) 767 1992 33 3 1997
21 San Francisco
cable car system [note 2] [note 6]
San Francisco 5,719,900 14,900 5.2 miles (8.4 km) 2,865 1878 streetcar-like surface stops 3 1952
22 Newark Light Rail Newark 5,500,000 15,068 [note 4] 6.2 miles (10.0 km) 2,430 1935 16 2 2006
23 RTA Streetcars
in New Orleans [note 2]
New Orleans 5,289,400 15,600 26.9 miles (43.3 km) 579 1835 streetcar-like surface stops 5 2018
24 Portland Streetcar [note 7] Portland 5,241,162 12,619 [note 8] 7.35 miles (11.83 km) 1,717 2001 76 2 2015
25 Buffalo Metro Rail Buffalo 4,394,000 15,100 6.4 miles (10.3 km) 2,359 1984 14 1 n/a
26 River LINE [note 1] Trenton –
Camden
2,700,000 7,397 [note 4] 34 miles (55 km) 218 2004 20 1 2013
27 SPRINTER [note 3] Oceanside
– Escondido
2,475,800 7,800 22 miles (35 km) 354 2008 15 1 n/a
28 KC Streetcar Kansas City 2,228,942 6,107 [note 4] 2.2 miles (3.5 km) 2,776 2016 16 1 2016
29 Seattle Streetcar [note 3] Seattle 1,863,400 6,000 3.8 miles (6.1 km) 1,579 2007 21 2 2016
30 RTA Rapid Transit : [note 9] Blue Green, and Waterfront Lines Cleveland 1,477,700 3,900 15.3 miles (24.6 km) 255 1913 34 2 1996
31 Tide Light Rail Norfolk 1,345,100 4,200 7.4 miles (11.9 km) 568 2011 11 1 n/a
32 Q-Line Detroit 1,200,000 3,288 [note 4] 3.3 miles (5.3 km) 996 2017 20 1 n/a
33 DC Streetcar Washington, D.C. 1,093,400 2,400 2.4 miles (3.9 km) 1,000 2016 8 1 n/a
34 Tacoma Link [note 3] Tacoma 909,429 2,990 1.6 miles (2.6 km) 1,869 2003 5 1 n/a
35 TECO Line Streetcars [note 2] Tampa 902,700 2,400 2.7 miles (4.3 km) 889 2002 11 1 2010
36 Sun Link Tucson 873,100 3,100 3.9 miles (6.3 km) 795 2014 22 1 n/a
37 Cincinnati Bell Connector Cincinnati 530,757 1,454 [note 4] 3.6 miles (5.8 km) 404 2016 18 1 n/a
38 MATA Trolley Memphis 302,000 [note 10] 900 2 miles (3.2 km) 450 1993 11 1 2004
39 El Paso Streetcar El Paso 271,900 1,600 4.8 miles (7.7 km) 333 2018 27 2 n/a
40 Atlanta Streetcar Atlanta 255,600 700 [note 4] 2.7 miles (4.3 km) 259 2014 12 1 n/a
41 Dallas Streetcar Dallas 158,000 600 2.45 miles (3.94 km) 245 2015 6 1 2016