US States by Number of Subway Stations per Mile of Track

Apr 1, 2019
Subway Stations per Mile of Track in US States

The chart above shows the number of subway stations per mile of track in each state.  Only four states have more than one station for every mile of track.


  • The difference between the state with the most subway stations per mile of track, New York, and the state with the least (that has a subway system), California, is 1.25.
  • New York has 3.58 times the subway stations per mile of track that California 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 which is slated to have 1.05 stations for every mile of track.
  • All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.


Considering that California has the second most miles of subway track in the US, but ranks in the middle in terms of number of stations, it is a state whose subway systems encompass a large geographic area but whose stations are placed sparsely on those lines.

New York has three heavy rail systems all in the city of New York.  The New York City Subway has 1.79 stations per mile, the Staten Island Railway has 1.50, and PATH has 0.94.  California has BART in San Francisco with 0.41 stations per mile and Metro Rail in Los Angeles with 0.92.  Pennsylvania has two systems in Philadelphia.  SEPTA has 2.04 stations per mile (the highest in the country) and the PATCO Speedline has 0.92.


StateCityNameStationsMiles of Track
MarylandBaltimoreBaltimore Metro Subway1415.5
MassachusettsBostonMBTA Subway5138
IllinoisChicagoChicago L145102.8
OhioClevelandRTA Rapid Transit: Red Line1819
CaliforniaLos AngelesMetro Rail1617.4
New YorkNew York CityNew York City Subway424236.2
New YorkNew York CityStaten Island Railway2114
New YorkNew York CityPATH1313.8
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPATCO Speedline1314.2
CaliforniaSan FranciscoBART45108.6
Washington DCWashington, D.C.Washington Metro91117


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

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