List of United States Commuter Rail Systems By Ridership

The following is a list of all commuter rail systems in the United States, ranked by average weekday ridership. All figures come from the American Public Transportation Association's Ridership Reports Statistics for the third quarter of 2012, unless otherwise noted. Dates are given for all figures; the most recent available are used.

Rank System Major cities served Ridership
(average weekday)
Date Route miles Stations Opened
1 MTA Long Island Rail Road New York 324,300 Q3 2012 700 124 1836
2 Metra Chicago 302,800 Q3 2012 495 240 1984
3 MTA Metro-North Railroad New York 294,500 Q3 2012 384 120 1983
4 New Jersey Transit Rail New York / Philadelphia 276,459 FY 2011 951 162 1983
5 MBTA Commuter Rail Boston 133,900 Q3 2012 368 133 1973
6 SEPTA Regional Rail Philadelphia 118,900 Q3 2012 289 150 1983
7 Caltrain San Francisco / San Jose 49,300 Q3 2012 77 32 1987
8 Metrolink Los Angeles 43,700 Q2 2012 512 55 1992
9 MARC Train Baltimore / Washington, D.C. 36,000 Q3 2012 187 43 1984
10 Virginia Railway Express Washington, D.C. 19,200 Q4 2011 90 18 1992
11 Tri-Rail Miami 13,400 Q3 2012 72 18 1987
12 NICTD South Shore Line Chicago 12,400 Q2 2012 90 20 1903
13 Sounder Commuter Rail Seattle / Tacoma 10,500 Q3 2012 80 9 2000
14 Trinity Railway Express Dallas / Fort Worth 7,600 Q3 2012 34 10 1996
15 UTA FrontRunner Salt Lake City 6,000
Q3 2012 88 16 2008
15 NCTD Coaster San Diego 5,600 Q3 2012 41.1 8 1995
17 New Mexico Rail Runner Express Albuquerque 3,900 Q3 2012 97 13 2006
18 Altamont Commuter Express San Jose / Stockton 3,300 Q3 2012 86 10 1998
19 Northstar Line Minneapolis 2,600 Q3 2012 40 6 2009
20 Shore Line East New Haven 2,300 Q3 2012 59 13 1990
21 Capital MetroRail Austin 2,200 Q3 2012 32 9 2010
21 Westside Express Service Beaverton 1,800 Q3 2012 15 5 2010
23 A-Train Denton 1,700 Q3 2012 21 6 2011
24 Music City Star Nashville 1,000 Q3 2012 32 6 2006

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