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There are significant advantages to having a highly developed light rail system within a large metropolitan area. For example, it results in less congestion on roads within the city. Light rail is a safer way to travel. And, for the most part, light rail gets people from Point A to Point B quicker.
Yet, major metropolitan areas in Canada and Mexico have generally been more successful than cities in the United States in developing light rail systems.
Systems such as the Muni Metro in San Francisco and the Metro Rail in Los Angeles, which claim the fifth and sixth spots on the list respectively, have both expanded within the last 7 years.
1. Toronto Streetcar - 100,037,500
2. Guadalajara Light Rail - 89,150,235
3. C-Train (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) - 86,648,100
4. MBTA (Boston) light rail - 72,273,600
5. Metro Rail (Los Angeles) - 63,759,500
6. Muni Metro (San Francisco) - 51,954,400
7. MAX Light Rail (Portland, OR) - 38,371,600
8. San Diego Trolley - 34,448,900
9. Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) Light Rail - 33,128,600
10. SEPTA (Philadelphia) light rail - 32,794,900
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