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

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

Roosevelt Island Tramway

PAAC Inclines

Amtrak Empire Corridor

Amtrak Knowledge Corridor

Buffalo Metro Rail

Falls Incline Railway

TTC Subway

UP Express

YYZ Link Train

MTA Metro-North Railroad

Société de transport de Montréal

O-Train

AirTrain (SFO)

SacRT Light Rail

Capitol Corridor

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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  
RIOC Roosevelt Island Tramway 1 1 2 1 October 2010  
PAAC Inclines 2 2 4 1435″ October 2011  
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  
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, eBART 5 4 48 119 August 2017 Updated April 2019 w/ eBART
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 3 67 January 2018 Updated August 2018
CTrail Hartford Line 1 1 9 62 June 2018 ✪ Inaugural Trip
Amtrak Empire and Knowledge Corridors 2 2 6 118 November 2018  
MTA Long Island Rail Road Electric & Diesel Territory 13 11 124 319 November 2018 Electric as of February 2017
NFTA Buffalo Metro Rail 1 1 13 6 November 2018  
Falls Incline Railway   1 1 2 195″ November 2018  
TTC Subway 5 4 75 48 November 2018  
Metrolinx Union Pearson Express 1 1 4 15 November 2018  
YYZ Link Train   1 1 3 1 November 2018  
MTA Metro-North Railroad West-of-Hudson and East-of-Hudson Service 8 8 124 384 December 2018  
STM Montréal Metro 4 4 68 43 January 2019  
OC Transpo O-Train 1 1 5 5 January 2019  
Capitol Corridor Main Line (ex. Auburn Extension) 1 1 15 133 April 2019  
SacRT Light Rail 3 4 54 43 April 2019  
San Fransisco SFO AirTrain 2 1 9 3 April 2019  
*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.