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The following is a list of all light rail systems in the United States, ranked by ridership. All figures are average weekday unlinked passenger trips, unless otherwise noted, and come from the American Public Transit Association's Ridership Reports Statistics, unless otherwise noted. Dates are given for all figures; the most recent available are used. Those systems marked with an asterisk (*) are integrated with a heavy rail rapid transit system.
|Rank||System||Largest city served||Ridership||Date||Miles of track|
|1||MBTA T Green line*||Boston||192,400||Third quarter of 2006||25|
|2||Muni Metro, cable car, and F Market*||San Francisco||163,900||Third quarter of 2006|
|3||Los Angeles County Metro Rail Blue, Green, and Gold lines*||Los Angeles||129,200||Third quarter of 2006||73|
|4||San Diego Trolley||San Diego||107,300||Third quarter of 2006||51|
|5||Metropolitan Area Express and Portland Streetcar||Portland||104,000||Third quarter of 2006||44+6 |
|6||DART Light Rail, MATA streetcar||Dallas||64,300||Third quarter of 2006||45+2.8 |
|7||SEPTA Subway-Surface Lines, Suburban Trolley Lines, and Girard Avenue Trolley*||Philadelphia||64,000||Third quarter of 2006|
|8||Metrolink||St. Louis||63,800||Third quarter of 2006||46|
|9||Sacramento Regional Transit District Light Rail||Sacramento||54,400||Third quarter of 2006||36.9|
|10||UTA TRAX||Salt Lake City||47,900||Third quarter of 2006||19|
|11||METRORail||Houston||40,000||Third quarter of 2006||7.5|
|12||RTD Light Rail||Denver||37,400||Third quarter of 2006||32.1|
|13||Hiawatha Line||Minneapolis||34,000||Third quarter of 2006||12|
|14||Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Light Rail||San Jose||30,500||Second quarter of 2006||42.2|
|15||Hudson-Bergen Light Rail*||Jersey City||27,000||March 2006|
|16||The T||Pittsburgh||26,000||Second quarter of 2006||25|
|17||Buffalo Metro Rail||Buffalo||19,200||Third quarter of 2006||6.6|
|18||Newark Light Rail*||Newark||18,450||August 2006||5.3|
|19||Baltimore Light Rail*||Baltimore||18,000||First quarter of 2005||30|
|20||The Rapid Blue and Green Lines*||Cleveland||10,800||Third quarter of 2006|
|23||Memphis RTA Main Street Trolley||Memphis||3,000||Third quarter of 2006|
|24||Streetcars in New Orleans||New Orleans||2,100||Third quarter of 2006||21.5|
|25||Kenosha Transit||Kenosha||300||Third quarter of 2006||1.7|
|26||Island Transit trolley||Galveston||200||Third quarter of 2006||6|
|N/A||River Rail Streetcar||Little Rock||N/A||N/A||2.5|
|N/A||TECO Line Streetcar System||Tampa||N/A||N/A||2.4|
The following is a list of light rail systems in the United States, ranked by ridership per mile of track. Figures are computed using the 'ridership' and 'miles of track' numbers above. San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Hudson, and Cleveland are left out here since the miles of track figures were not available.
|Rank||Community served||Ridership per mile|
|4||Salt Lake City||2,810|
*Recent data suggests 7,000 riders per day per mile.
- ↑ APTA Ridership Reports Statistics: http://www.apta.com/research/stats/ridership/riderep/indexus.cfm
- ↑ TBF.org
- ↑  Lightrail now.org
- ↑  Metropolitan Transit System Fact Sheet
- ↑  Tri-Met Web Site
- ↑ http://www.portlandstreetcar.org/history.php
- ↑  DART Web Site
- ↑ http://ktransit.com/transit/uscentral/dfw/dallas_vt.htm
- ↑  Metrolink Web Site
- ↑ RTA website
- ↑ Salt Lake Tribune
- ↑  Metro Safety Web Site
- ↑ http://ktransit.com/transit/uscentral/denver/denver_lr.htm
- ↑ http://www.metrotransit.org/rail/facts.asp
- ↑ Hudson-Bergen, NJ: Light Rail Ridership's "Booming", New Transit-Oriented Development is "Sprouting", Light Rail Now May 2006: http://www.lightrailnow.org/news/n_hb_2006-05a.htm
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 The APTA combines statistics for all New Jersey Transit light rail operations, which includes the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, the Newark Light Rail, and the River Line. The APTA reports a combined ridership for the three systems for the second quarter of 2006 of 14,880 per day (both weekdays and weekends).
- ↑  Pittsburgh's T quick facts
- ↑ Newark: "Back to the Future" With Newark City Light Rail's New Broad St. Extension!, Light Rail Now August 2006: http://www.lightrailnow.org/news/n_nwk_2006-08a.htm
- ↑ http://www.lightrailnow.org/news/n_nwk_2006-08a.htm
- ↑ These figures, the most recently available for the Baltimore Light Rail, represent a time period when much of the system was shut down for renovations. The most recent figures for a period when the entire system was open are 25,600 daily trips, for the fourth quarter of 2003.
- ↑ Roads to the Future: Baltimore Central Light Rail Line
- ↑ Sound Transit Quarterly Performance Report
- ↑  Saint Charles Line
- ↑ Canal and Riverfront line
- ↑ http://web.presby.edu/~jtbell/transit/Kenosha/
- ↑  Galveston Island Transit website
- ↑ http://www.cat.org/rrail/streetcar.html
- ↑ http://www.tecolinestreetcar.org/about/history/index.htm
- ↑ Planning debate with Councilman Peter Brown plus Metro stats. Presentation by METRO Chairman David S. Wolff. 2007-02-08.