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Characteristics of Rail Transit by Transit Authority


Beginning in 2012, National Transit Database data are reported according to revised modal classifications. Light rail includes systems classified as light rail, hybrid rail, and street car rail. This table does not include other transit rail systems such as cable car, inclined plane, and monorail/automated guideway. For definition of Directional route-miles see table 1-8.  Heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail are defined in the glossary. For more information on individual transit agencies, see Annual National Transit Profiles  available at For more information on footnotes, see the National Transit Database Glossary available at


KEY: U = data are unavailable, ADA = Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, MTA = Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

1 Many light rail lines have numerous stops in the street that do not meet the definition of a station.

2 Additional stations may be wheelchair accessible but do not comply with other provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

3 Excludes commuter-type services operated independently by Amtrak or another intercity rail provider.


U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Adminstration, National Transit Database, table 21 and 23, available at as of July 2015.