Taking the Train: The Most Used Subway Systems in the US and Around the World (Good Magazine)

[Editor's note: This chart needs a per capita analysis and comparable accounting of subway milages but is super fun any how. Click image above for larger view, or follow link below. Happy birthday Katie Rose!]

Republished from Good magazine.
Orig pub date: Feb. 17, 2009.

Even though subways are a fuel-efficent way to move people around congested urban areas, Americans make poor use of them, probably because they are poorly funded and often don’t travel where we want to go. Right now, of the five most-used subway systems in the country, only New York City’s attracts as many riders as the five largest foreign subway systems.

A collaboration between GOOD and Robert A. Di Ieso, Jr.

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2 Responses to “Taking the Train: The Most Used Subway Systems in the US and Around the World (Good Magazine)”

  1. Erik says:

    Is the San Francisco one supposed to be BART or Muni? It shows the BART map but BART is a pretty awful way to get around within San Francisco.

  2. nathaniel says:

    My guess is BART since they were focused on regional rail systems. Their whole approach leaves a lot to be desired. Interesting idea and visual approach, though.