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UPDATED Quiz: What are the Top Seven Transit Systems in the U.S.? -- Some Surprises

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 10:31 AM

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  UPDATED WITH ONE MORE LIST: When Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff yesterday mentioned a $50 billion funding gap just to maintain the top seven transit systems (representing 80 percent of all U.S. riders)  at their current levels of service, I got to wondering, what are the top seven transit systems in the U.S.?

(By the way, this was the same presser where Rogoff mentioned that the age of some transit infrastructure was "spooky")

By Ridership:

1. New York

2. Los Angeles

3. Chicago

4. Washington, DC

5. San Francisco

6. Boston

7. Philadelphia

Okay, and 8. Seattle

By Organization Size

1. NYC MTA

2. CTA (Chicago)

3. Metro (Los Angeles)

4. WMATA (Washington, DC)

5. MBTA (Boston)

6. SEPTA (Philadelphia)

7 NJ Transit (Yes! New Jersey!)

and... 8. MUNI (San Francisco) (Lower on the list because BART and MUNI are separate systems.)

AND:

By Operating Expense

1. New York

2. NJ Transit

3. WMATA

4. CTA

5. LA Metro

6. MBTA

7. SEPTA

8. Muni

Source:  U.S. Federal Transit Administration

 

 

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