U.S. metro network - leading cities by ridership 2019

The statistic displays the leading cities in the United States with the largest metro systems in 2019, based on ridership. In that year, Chicago's "L" was the third busiest rapid transit system in the United States, with almost 218.5 million passenger trips reported in that year.

U.S. cities with the largest metro systems in 2019, by ridership (in million unlinked transit passenger trips)*

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* Cities with transit agencies assigned by urbanized areas or urban places of less than 50,000 population outside urbanized areas based on 2000 U.S. Census Population.
** Ridership figure includes data from MTA New York City Transit and MTA Staten Island Railway.
Values have been rounded.
Data may differ from that included in Federal Transit Administration reports due to differences in data calculation procedures and in periods of time covered.

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