Where mass transit matters (pt. 2) – busiest North American commuter railroads

Long Island R/R - Source: en.wikipedia.org

As a follow-up to the post on the World’s Busies Metros/Subways, here’s a list of the busiest commuter railroads in the United States and Canada. Considering the number of folks who utilize metros, subways, and/or commuter rail in American cities, it sure seems dumb of certain members of the United States Congress to propose (or even consider) the elimination of mass transit funding. By the way, I believe the systems listed below are operating in 15 or 16 different states. These figures don’t even account for bus transit ridership, bus rapid transit, light rail systems, or ferries – those data will be presented in future posts.

Metra - Source: the dieselshop.com

The figures presented in the chart below are daily ridership per weekday for commuter railroads with a minimum of 5,000 riders per weekday.

  1. Long Island Railroad – New York City:                       345,300
  2. New Jersey Transit (rail) – New York City:                 301,746
  3. Metra – Chicago:                                                        296,600
  4. Metro-North – New York City:                                    286,100
  5. GO Transit (rail) – Toronto:                                          180,000
  6. MBTA (rail) – Boston:                                                   129,400
  7. SEPTA (rail) – Philadelphia:                                         125,300
  8. Agence Metropolitaine de Transport – Montreal:          66,100
  9. Metrolink – Los Angeles:                                                39,500
  10. Caltrain – San Francisco Bay Area:                               37,200
  11. MARC – Washington, DC:                                             31,300
  12. Virginia Railway Express – Washington, DC:                19,000
  13. Tri-Rail – Southeast Florida:                                          14,500
  14. South Shore Line – Chicago:                                         11,500
  15. West Coast Express – Vancouver:                                10,900
  16. Sounder – Seattle-Tacoma:                                            8,600
  17. Trinity Railway Express – Dallas-Fort Worth:                  8,300
  18. Front Runner – Salt Lake City:                                        5,400

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commuter_rail_in_North_America

Source: thetransportpolitic.com

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