US States by Number of Subway Riders

Mar 14, 2019
Subway Riders in US States

The chart above shows the number of subway riders in each state.  New York has more subway riders than all other states combined.


  • The difference between the state with the most subway riders, New York, and the state with the least (that has a subway system), Ohio, is 1,823,100,000 riders.
  • New York has 310.02 times the subway riders that Ohio does.
  • Pennsylvania and California have two subway systems, New York has three, all other states have one.


  • Data is from 2017.
  • Hawaii is currently working on building a subway system for Honolulu.
  • All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.


New York accounts for nearly two-thirds of all subway riders in the country at 64.48%.  It, with Illinois make up almost three-fourths of the subway riders in the country at 72.59%.

New York has three heavy rail systems all in the city of New York.  The New York City Subway has 1,727,000,000 annual riders, the Staten Island Railway has 8,800,000, and PATH has 93,000,000.  California has BART in San Francisco with 129,300,000 riders and Metro Rail in Los Angeles with 44,900,000.  Pennsylvania has two systems in Philadelphia.  SEPTA has 91,800,000 riders and the PATCO Speedline has 10,800,000.


StateCityNameRiders (in millions)
CaliforniaLos AngelesMetro Rail44.9
CaliforniaSan FranciscoBART129.3
IllinoisChicagoChicago L230.2
MarylandBaltimoreBaltimore Metro Subway10.8
MassachusettsBostonMBTA Subway167.2
New YorkNew York CityNew York City Subway1,727.3
New YorkNew York CityPATH93
New YorkNew York CityStaten Island Railway8.8
OhioClevelandRTA Rapid Transit: Red Line5.9
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPATCO Speedline10.8
Washington DCWashington, D.C.Washington Metro229.6


Wikipedia.  2019.  "List of Metro Systems."  Accessed February 24, 2019.

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