Purchase and Download Transit Explorer Data

Transit Explorer

The Transit Explorer database provides information on all existing, under construction, and planned fixed-guideway transit routes in North America, South America, Africa, and much of the rest of the world, as well as all metro rail systems globally, as well as a large number of closed lines. (You can examine what systems are covered by consulting the list below or checking on Transit Explorer directly.) Geospatial data are now available for download in CSV, GeoJson, and Shapefile formats. Futher details about the information are available here.

Data download

To purchase the data for individual use: Click on one of the below buttons to pay on Stripe. Once you pay, the latest data will be emailed to you within 24 hours, so make sure you input your correct email address. Please contact Yonah Freemark—yfreemark (at) thetransportpolitic.com—with any questions or concerns.


Data information

Urban transit data are available for the following countries, updated as of May 2024:

North America

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Trinidad & Tobago

South America

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Australia

  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Africa and the Middle East

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Israel
  • Ivory Coast
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Turkiye
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates

Asia

  • Armenia*
  • Azerbaijan*
  • Bangladesh*
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran*
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan*
  • Malaysia*
  • North Korea*
  • Pakistan*
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan*
  • Thailand
  • Uzbekistan*
  • Vietnam*

Europe

  • Austria*
  • Belarus*
  • Belgium
  • Czechia*
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia*
  • Germany
  • Greece*
  • Hungary*
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland*
  • Portugal
  • Romania*
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Sweden*
  • Ukraine*
  • United Kingdom

* Metro systems exclusively.

Intercity rail data are also available for the following:

Existing standard speed intercity rail

  • United States: Amtrak and Brightline service

Existing high-speed rail

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom

Planned high-speed rail

  • France
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

What’s included?

All existing and under-construction fixed-guideway urban rail and bus routes in the aforementioned countries are included. Stations and lines location and related data are provided for all existing and under-construction transit. Details about data are available here. Data contents (for the global database) include:

  • Stations and lines
    • ~43,775 existing stations, ~5,160 under-construction stations, ~1,700 closed stations, and ~2,500 planned or proposed stations
      • Up from 11,700 existing stations in the October 2020 release, 19,870 in January 2022, 24,420 in January 2023, and 40,000 in January 2024.
    • ~8,215 existing lines and ~695 under-construction lines
      • Up from 2,040 existing lines in the October 2020 release, 3,900 in January 2022, 4,900 in January 2023, and 7,060 in January 2024.
  • Mode
    • Including bus rapid transit, metro, commuter rail, regional rail, light rail, light metro, aerial tram, streetcar, interurban, arterial rapid transit, and tramway. Data indicate whether lines are automated.
  • Region
    • Location, e.g., New York, Mexico City, etc.
    • Full list of dozens of regions available at the bottom of this page.
  • Year opened
    • Available for 93% of existing stations.
    • Available for 86% of existing lines.
  • Grade
    • The type of service, indicated both for station and lines.
    • Categorized as at-grade; subway; elevated; open-cut; or along a highway.
  • Construction period
    • Available for 1,211 existing lines.
    • Available for 626 under-construction lines.
  • Construction costs
    • Total construction costs, according to project sponsor (in local currencies).
  • Federal capital grants
    • Available for all projects that have received support under the U.S. federal capital grant program. Includes date grant finalized; project cost at time of finalization; federal share under this program.
    • Available for 89 existing lines and 21 under-construction lines.

The database includes thousands of proposed and planned transit lines and stations. These are facilities for which governmental entities have conducted significant planning, but have not yet entered into construction. Examples include projects such as the Sepulveda Pass Corridor in Los Angeles. Futher details about the information are available here.

Historical data

The Transit Explorer database also includes a large number of closed lines and stations, thanks to a number of sources, including Alexander Rapp’s transit line timelines. For these, where available, the data include year closed. Data are provided for the closed elevated lines (and stations) in Boston, Chicago, and New York, as well as the historic streetcar networks of more than a dozen cities. Modern lines that were subsequently closed—including St. Louis’ Loop Trolley and San Jose’s Almaden Line—are also included.

Finally, the database includes transit projects that were planned, but then cancelled due to political changes or budgetary constraints. Examples of such projects include the San Francisco BART’s extension into Marin County and Chicago’s Ashland Avenue bus rapid transit line.

Data download

To purchase the data for individual use: Click on one of the below buttons to pay on Stripe. Once you pay, the latest data will be emailed to you within 24 hours, so make sure you input your correct email address. Please contact Yonah Freemark—yfreemark (at) thetransportpolitic.com—with any questions or concerns.

The data are comprehensive and detailed (last updated May 3, 2024), providing information that other databases lack, including a large number of proposed and closed lines.

Where can I check the reliability of the data?

Most data provided with the download is also displayed graphically on Transit Explorer. You get what you see (and more! certain variables are not shown online).

What formats?

Data are provided in a zip file that includes compressed data in Shapefile, GeoJSON, and CSV formats, and, once unzipped, can be opened using ArcGIS, QGIS, R, and other geospatial analysis applications (the CSV files can be opened using Excel or similar applications). Additional information, including rules related to data use, is provided in a read me/data dictionary file attached to the data.

Use cases

Data can be used for a variety of research projects. Here are two examples:

  1. Find real-estate opportunities. Using the database’s information on new transit lines that are under construction, planned, or proposed, researchers can identify neighborhoods throughout North America that are getting new access to high-performing transit in the coming years, and that might be ripe for new investment. Overlay with zoning to find the next hot residential development location.
  2. Identifying the performance of recently constructed light-rail lines. Researchers can select all light-rail stations in the United States, and overlay data from the U.S. Census Bureau to determine the population density of surrounding neighborhoods. In so doing, researchers can make assessments about how regions differ in ensuring that transit investments are built in highly populated neighborhoods.

Recent scholarship using Transit Explorer data

Commercial users of Transit Explorer data

Interested in commercial use?

The data provided in the above link is for individual use. For commercial use, please contact Yonah Freemark directly, at yfreemark (at) thetransportpolitic.com

How does Transit Explorer data compare to other sources?

Several other resources provide information related to transit stations and lines, but they do not provide the same information as Transit Explorer. Neither provides information for (a) systems outside the U.S.; (b) closed lines; (c) line and station grade; or (d) project costs. Nor are they up to date, as is Transit Explorer.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s National Transit-Oriented Development Database offers demographic information related to existing and proposed stations around the country. These data were last updated in 2012. No information is provided about lines, nor about station grade or costs (e.g. elevated or subway). The information is available for the U.S. only.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics’s National Transit Map provides information based on transit agencies’ GTFS data. No information is provided about station grade, project opening, costs. These data were last updated in 2018. The information is available for the U.S. only.

ITDP’s Rapid Transit Database offers global information about rapid transit mileage by city and country, but does not provide line or station mapped data.

There are transit data available from OpenStreetMap that an downloadable by advanced users. These data, however, are quite different as they are based on tracks, rather than routes, and cannot be easily exported in the form of transit lines.

List of regions with transit data included in Transit Explorer data

Listed by metropolitan area. Includes suburbs of central cities. * Indicates only metro systems are included.

United States (USA): Albany, Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, Aspen, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Bay Area (San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland), Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charleston, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Dubuque, El Paso, Eugene, Flagstaff, Fort Collins, Fort Lauderdale, Fresno, Galveston, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Johnstown, Kansas City, Kenosha, Lansing, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Monterey, Morgantown, Nashville, New Haven, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Providence, Reno, Richmond, Rochester, Sacramento, Salem, Salt Lake, San Antonio, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Juan, Santa Cruz, Seattle, Spokane, St. Louis, St. Petersburg, Stockton, Tampa, Triangle (Raleigh/Durham), Tucson, Tulsa, Virginia Beach, Washington, Waterloo, Winston-Salem

Canada (CAN): Calgary, Edmonton, Hailfax, London, Montréal, Ottawa, Québec, Saskatoon, St. Catharines, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Waterloo, Winnipeg

Mexico (MEX): Acapulco, Campeche, Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Juarez, Leon, Merida, Mexico, Monterrey, Pachuca, Puebla, Tampico, Tijuana, Veracruz, Yucatan

Algeria (DZA): Alger, Constantine, Mostaganem, Oran, Ouargla, Sétif, Sidi Bel Abbes

Argentina (ARG): Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza, Neuquen, Santa Fe

Armenia (ARM): Yerevan

Australia (AUS): Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth Sydney

Austria (AUT): Serfaus, Vienna

Azerbaijan (AZE): Baku

Bangladesh (BGD): Dhaka

Belarus (BLR): Minsk

Belgium (BEL): Antwerpen, Bruxelles, Charleroi, Liège, Oostende

Bolivia (BOL): Cochabamba, La Paz

Brazil (BRA): Balneario Camboriu, Belem, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Campinas, Crato, Criciuma, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Goiania, Joao Pessoa, Juiz de Fora, Maceio, Maringa, Natal, Nova Friburgo, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Sao Paulo, Sao Vicente, Sobral, Sorocaba, Telemaco Borba, Teresina, Uberaba, Uberlandia

Bulgaria (BGR): Sofia

Chile (CHL): Chillan, Concepción, Santiago, Temuco, Valparaiso

China (CHN): Beijing, Changchun, Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Fenghuang, Fuzhou, Guang’an, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Hong Kong, Huai’an, Jiaxing, Jinan, Jinhua, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lianyungang, Liuzhou, Luoyang, Macau, Mengzi, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Nanping, Nantong, Ningbo, Pearl River Delta (Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen), Qingdao, Qiubei, Sanya, Shanghai, Shantou, Shaoxing, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Suzhou, Taiyuan, Taizhou, Tianjin, Tianshui, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuhu, Wuxi, Xiamen, Xi’an, Xiongan, Xuzhou, Yancheng, Yongzhou, Zaozhuang, Zhengzhou, Zhoushan

Colombia (COL): Barranquilla, Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Medellin, Oruro, Pereira

Costa Rica (CRI): San Jose

Cuba (CUB): Havana

Czechia (CZE): Prague

Denmark (DNK): Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Odense

Dominican Republic (DOM): Santiago, Santo Domingo

Ecuador (ECU): Guayaquil, Quito

Egypt (EGY): Alexandria, Cairo

El Salvador (SLV): San Salvador

Ethiopia (ETH): Addis Ababa

Finland (FIN): Helsinki

France: (FRA) Aix-en-Provence, Angers, Angouleme, Aubagne, Avignon, Bayonne, Bescançon, Bordeaux, Brest, Caen, Clermont, Dijon, Fort-de-France, Grenoble, Le Havre, Le Mans, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Orléans, Paris, Reims, Rennes, Rouen, Saint Denis (Réunion), Saint Étienne, Strasbourg, Toulon, Toulouse, Tours, Valenciennes

Georgia (GEO): Tbilisi

Germany (DEU): Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Hanover, Karlsruhe, Köln, Krefeld, Leipzig, Mulheim, München, Nurnberg, Stuttgart,Wuppertal

Ghana (GHA): Accra

Greece (GRC): Athens, Thessaloniki

Guatemala (GTM): Guatemala City

Hungary (HUN): Budapest

India (IND): Agra, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Meerut, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Surat

Indonesia (IDN): Jakarta, Palembang

Iran (IRN): Isfahan, Mashhad, Qom, Shiraz, Tabriz, Tehran

Ireland: (IRL) Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick

Israel (ISR): Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Italy (ITA): Bergamo, Bologna, Brescia, Cagliari, Catania, Firenze, Genova, Messina, Milano, Napoli, Padova, Palermo, Perugia, Pisa, Rimini, Roma, Sassari, Torino, Trieste, Venezia

Ivory Coast (CIV): Abidjan

Japan (JPN): Chiba, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kamakura, Kitakyushu, Kobe, Kyoto, Nagoya, Naha, Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Utsunomiya, Yokohama

Kazakhstan (KAZ): Almaty

Kenya (KEN): Nairobi

Luxembourg (LUX): Luxembourg

Malaysia (MYS): Kuala Lumpur, Malacca City

Mauritius (MUS): Port Louis

Morocco (MAR): Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Tanger

Netherlands: (NLD): Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam, Utrecht

New Zealand (NZL): Auckland

North Korea (PRK): Pyongyang

Nigeria (NGA): Abuja, Calabar, Lagos

Norway (NOR): Bergen, Oslo

Pakistan (PAK): Lahore

Panama (PAN): Panama

Peru (PER): Lima

Philippines (PHL): Manila

Poland (POL): Warsaw

Portugal (PRT): Coimbra, Lisboa, Porto, Sintra

Qatar (QAT): Doha

Romania (ROU): Bucurest

Russia (RUS): Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Yekaterinburg

Saudi Arabia (SAU): Mecca, Riyadh

Senegal (SEN): Dakar

Singapore (SGP): Singapore

South Africa (ZAF): Cape Town, Durban/KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria

South Korea (KOR): Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju, Seoul

Spain (ESP): Alicante, Asturias, Barcelona, Bilbao, Cadiz, Girona, Granada, Madrid, Malaga, Murcia, Palma, San Sebastian, Santander, Sevilla, Soller, Tarragona, Tenerife, Valencia, Vitoria, Zaragoza

Sweden (SWE): Stockholm

Switzerland (CHE): Basel, Bern, Genève, Lausanne, Neuchatel, Zurich

Taiwan (TWN): Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taipei

Tanzania (TZA): Dar es Salaam

Thailand (THA): Bangkok

Trinidad and Tobago (TTO): Port of Spain

Tunisia (TUN): Tunis

Turkiye (TUR): Adara, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Gebze, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Mersin, Samsun

Uganda (UGA): Kampala

Ukraine (UKR): Dnipro, Kharkiv, Kryvyi Rih, Kyiv

United Arab Emirates (ARE): Dubai

United Kingdom (GBR): Alton, Belfast, Birmingham, Blackpool Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Douglas, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kent, Liverpool, London, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Surrey, West Yorkshire (Leeds)

Uruguay (URY): Montevideo

Uzbekistan (UZB): Tashkent

Venezuela (VEN): Bariquisimeto, Caracas, Ciudad Guayana, Maracaibo, Merida, Valencia

Vietnam (VNM): Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City