Commuter Trains

U.S. railroads started running commuter trains – for city workers who live in the suburbs – in the 1800s. In a few urban areas (New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C.) they’ve been running ever since.

Other cities have added commuter trains more recently, most since 1990 and most on a much smaller scale. These include Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Nashville, Albuquerque, Cleveland, Miami, and Salt Lake City.

Cities With Pre-1910 Commuter Rail Systems

Cities With Post-1950 Commuter Rail Systems

Largest Cities With No Commuter Rail System



SEPTA Commuter Train Near Lansdale, PA
(Photo by J.P. Mueller)