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Cool Infographic: The 5 Largest Transit Systems in the U.S.

Deron Lovaas

Posted August 27, 2014

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Folks at the  online Masters in Public Administration program at the University of North Carolina created an infographic about the history, capacity and future of the nation's five largest transit systems. Of course it includes D.C.'s own Metro, where we're enjoying new stops in northern Virginia courtesy of the Silver Line (new riders include my parents, with my Dad penning this piece about their first ride a month ago).

I want to share it with readers, since I think you'll find it fun and informative too:




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Andrew WetzlerAug 28 2014 01:00 PM

Great chart Deron, but as a native New Yorker and now transplanted Chicagoan, I feel compelled to point out that while the CTA may have been formed in 1947, Chicago's "el" system was unified in 1924 and the trains themselves were operating as early as the late1880s / early 1890s:

Deron LovaasAug 28 2014 06:00 PM

Andrew -- I see you're now a savvy Chicagoan! Thanks for the tip; I'll pass it along to the UNC team. Best, Deron

Adam LevensonAug 29 2014 11:02 AM

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for your comment. That was definitely an oversight on our part. I'll send your feedback to the editor to see if we can update the infographic.


GuthrumSep 1 2014 09:58 AM

You may have overlooked the great system at Walt Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. This bus system connects all the parks and resorts. It moves millions of people daily and quickly. The buses are safe and clean. It is reliable and runs on time. We would be at any of the parks in ten minutes or less.

C MillsSep 3 2014 01:50 PM

The team that sourced the data may also want to look at the stats for SEPTA in the greater Philadelphia region.

In the Philadelphia region there are many heavy regional and city rail lines (I believe Boston's stats may have included its regional rails) as well as a very large number of Bus and 8 (light rail) lines.

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