The chart above shows the number of annual riders for every mile of track in each US region. One million annual riders is the equivalent of 2,740 riders a day. Unsurprisingly, the Northeast dominates in this metric.
- The difference between the region with the most annual riders per mile of track, the Northeast, and the region with the least, the South, is 3.62 million.
- The Northeast has 4.02 times the annual riders per mile of track that the South does.
- Pennsylvania and California have two subway systems, New York has three, all other states have one.
- The Northeast has more annual riders per mile of track than any subway system in any other region.
- Data is from 2017.
- Hawaii is currently working on building a subway system for Honolulu which is expected to have 2.12 million annual riders per mile of track which would raise the West's riders per mile of track to 1.48 million.
- The Northeastern US consists of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
- The Western US consists of California, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming.
- The Midwestern US consists of Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
- The Southern US consists of Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
- All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.
The Northeast has the widest range in riders per mile of track with a low of 0.63 million riders per mile of track in New York's Staten Island Railway to a high of 7.31 in the New York City Subway. The South has the narrowest range in riders per mile of track with a low of 0.79 in Florida's Metrorail to a high of 1.42 in Georgia's MARTA.
Wikipedia. 2019. "List of Metro Systems." Accessed February 24, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_metro_systems.