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Busiest Light-Rail Systems in the U.S.

Data from 2019. Defining light-rail (vs. heavy-rail) is generally not rigorous but includes criteria such as the usage of dedicated light-rail vehicles on public streets. Type the cities of the systems.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_light_rail_systems_by_ridership
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Note: Non-integrated systems (typically streetcars) are separate in the list
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Last updated: January 13, 2023
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Rank
Ridership
Answer
1
51,395,800
Metro Rail, Los Angeles
2
49,519,600
MUNI Metro, San Francisco
3
47,161,500
MBTA light rail, Boston
4
38,388,200
MAX light rail, Portland
5
38,047,300
San Diego Trolley, San Diego
6
28,069,000
DART, Dallas
7
25,075,922
Link light rail, Seattle
8
24,585,300
Denver RTD, Denver
9
24,321,200
SEPTA light rail, Philadelphia
10
24,299,400
METRO light rail, Minneapolis
11
18,409,100
METRORail, Houston
12
16,871,800
TRAX, Salt Lake City
13
15,500,000
Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Jersey City
14
15,060,200
Valley Metro Rail, Phoenix
15
13,088,000
Metrolink, St. Louis
16
11,180,100
Sacramento RT Light Rail, Sacramento
17
8,892,100
Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte
18
8,335,100
VTA Light Rail, Santa Clara County
19
7,364,300
Pittsburgh Light Rail, Pittsburgh
20
6,508,700
Baltimore Light Rail, Baltimore
Rank
Ridership
Answer
21
5,719,900
San Francisco cable cars, San Francisco
22
5,500,000
Newark Light Rail, Newark
23
5,289,400
RTA Streetcars, New Orleans
24
5,241,162
Portland Streetcar, Portland
25
4,394,000
Buffalo Metro Rail, Buffalo
26
2,700,000
River LINE, Trenton-Camden
27
2,475,800
SPRINTER, Oceanside-Escondido
28
2,228,942
KC Streetcar, Kansas City
29
1,863,400
Seattle Streetcar, Seattle
30
1,477,700
RTA Rapid Transit, Cleveland
31
1,345,100
Tide Light Rail, Norfolk
32
1,200,000
Q-Line, Detroit
33
1,093,400
DC Streetcar, Washington DC
34
909,429
Link light rail, Tacoma
35
873,100
Sun Link, Tucson
36
530,757
Cincinnati Bell Connector, Cincinnati
37
302,000
MATA Trolley, Memphis
38
271,900
El Paso Streetcar, El Paso
39
255,600
Atlanta Streetcar, Atlanta
40
158,000
Dallas Streetcar, Dallas
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Level 81
Jan 31, 2023
Any chance you can just accept "Washington" without the "DC"?

Since none of the others require the state to be included, this is an odd one out. When I just typed "Washington" and it wasn't accepted, I assumed that the streetcar there didn't count for some reason, and didn't even think to add the "DC."

Other than that, good quiz!

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Level 55
Jan 31, 2023
yup sorry for the scuffed type-ins, fixed them tho! dc is a superior shorthand than washington tho :3 the dc streetcar is kinda sad, wish it was bigger @_@.

Thanks tho!

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Level 59
Jan 31, 2023
Agreed. This is nice, but "Washington" should be sufficient for Washington DC.
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Level 55
Jan 31, 2023
ah mea culpa haha, fixed!
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Level 84
Jan 31, 2023
"SLC" for Salt Lake City is a universal type in, please accept it.
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Level 55
Jan 31, 2023
ya sorry about that, fixed!
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Level 95
Feb 1, 2023
Really? It didn't work for me, neither did "Washington" or "DC"
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Level 66
Jan 31, 2023
Concur with the previous comments. Can the following be accepted?

'Washington' or 'DC' for Washington D.C.

'Philly' for Philadelphia

'SLC' for Salt Lake City

I assumed these weren't correct answers as the shorthand wasn't accepted as in other geography based quizzes.

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Level 65
Jan 31, 2023
Great quiz, but I still wasn't able to get "Washington", so I don't think the issue has been corrected. Can you look once more?

Also I typed New York City but didn't get Newark or Jersey City. Can you specify in the instructions that this concerns cities as measured by the "city proper" definition?

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Level 88
Jan 31, 2023
Apparently, BART is not considered light rail--that makes some sense. But I don't understand why guessing Oakland gets you the LA Metro system.