Tracking Tracks — Motivation

 

Ideas and innovation are never generated on-demand; rather, they’re the product of perpetual thought and a keen eye for improvement.

 

Naturally, the best source of exposure is directly in the field. And with every station, line, segment, and mile offering something different, traversing a system’s entirety is the only way to guarantee comprehensive exposure and a true fostering of rumination (the “systems-level” approach).

 

Below, you’ll find a listing of the systems I’ve covered as my quest for covering new segments expands:

Systems

Stations

Route Miles

MTA New York City Transit

SEPTA Regional Rail

MBTA Rapid Transit

SEPTA Heavy Rail

MTA Maryland

WMATA Metrorail

DC Streetcar

NJ Transit Light Rail

NJ Transit Rail Operations

Amtrak NEC

Amtrak Keystone

LA Metro

SFRTA Tri-Rail

Miami-Dade Transit

PATH

PATCO

AirTrain JFK

AirTrain EWR

ATL – The Plane Train

DFW Skylink

LIRR Electric Territory

CTA

Walt Disney World (Monorail & Railroad)

Disneyland Monorail

Chicago ORD ATS

SunRail

Virginia Railway Express

Seattle Streetcar

SoundTransit Central Link

SoundTransit Central Link

SoundTransit Tacoma Link

TriMet MAX Light Rail

TriMet WES

Portland Aerial Tram

Caltrain

SF Cable Cars

SF Muni Metro

SF Market Street Railway

BART

MARTA

Atlanta Streetcar

ATL SkyTrain

Chipman Central Railroad

Shore Line East

MBTA Commuter Rail

Amtrak Downeaster

Brightline

CTrail Hartford Line

Agency/Division Systems Services Lines Stations Distance Every Mile as of Notes
PATCO 1 1 13 14 July 2006
Atlanta ATL The Plane Train 1 1 8 3 April 2008
Dallas DFW SkyLink 1 1 10 5 August 2009
SEPTA Heavy Rail MFL, BSL, NHSL 3 3 75 39 February 2014
PATH 4 3 13 14 February 2014
SEPTA Regional Rail 13 13 154 280 March 2014
AirTrain JFK 3 2 10 8 April 2015
D.C. Streetcar 1 1 8 2 March 2016
MTA NYC Transit Subway, Staten Island Railway 26 37 493 250 April 2016 Updated January 2017; ✪ Second Ave Subway Inaugural Trip
WMATA Metrorail Metrorail 6 17 91 117 April 2016
MTA Maryland Light Rail & Metro Subway 4 4 47 45 May 2016
Disneyland Monorail 1 1 2 3 September 2016
LA Metro Subway, Light Rail 6 6 93 106 September 2016
NJ Transit Light Rail RiverLINE, HBLR, NLR/NCS 6 6 62 57 October 2016
Amtrak NEC, Keystone Corridor 3 2 42 556 November 2016
SFRTA Tri-Rail 1 1 18 71 January 2017
Miami-Dade Transit MetroRail and Metromover 5 4 44 29 January 2017
MTA Long Island Rail Road Electric Territory 13 10 102 186 February 2017
AirTrain EWR 1 1 8 3 February 2017
MBTA Rapid Transit 13 15 78 74 March 2017 Updated April 2018; ✪ SL3 Chelsea Inaugural Trip
NJ Transit Rail Operations 11 12 155 440 April 2017
CTA Chicago “L” 8 12 145 103 May 2017
Chicago ORD Airport Transit System (ATS) 1 1 5 3 May 2017
Walt Disney World Monorail & Railroad 4 3 9 17 May 2017
SunRail 1 1 12 31 May 2017
Virginia Railway Express 2 2 19 86 July 2017
Seattle Streetcar 2 2 17 4 August 2017
SoundTransit Central Link & Tacoma Link 2 2 22 22 August 2017
TriMet MAX Light Rail & WES 1 1 102 75 August 2017
Portland Aerial Tram 1 1 2 1 August 2017
Caltrain Main Line (ex. Gilroy Extension) 3 1 27 49 August 2017
BART Rapid Transit 5 4 45 109 August 2017
SF Cable Cars 3 3 5* 5 August 2017
SF Muni Metro 7 5 33* 37 August 2017
SF Market Street Railway E/F Streetcar Lines 2 2 4* 7 August 2017
MARTA 4 6 38 48 October 2017
Atlanta Streetcar 1 1 12 3 October 2017
ATL SkyTrain 1 2 3 2 October 2017
Chipman Central Railroad 1 1 1 0.05 December 2017
Shore Line East 1 1 9 51 December 2017
MBTA Commuter Rail 13 16 139 398 December 2017
NNEPRA  Amtrak Downeaster 1 2 11 145 January 2018
Brightline 1 1 2 42 January 2018
CTrail  Hartford Line 1 1 9 62 June 2018 ✪ Inaugural Trip

*Count Includes Dedicated Stations Only; Does Not Include Non-Platform Surface Stops

✪ Denotes a ride along the full primary passenger route on a service’s inaugural passenger trip.