Metro Systems In The U.S.A

CITIES COVERED ON THIS PAGE;

ATLANTA - Georgia

BALTIMORE - Maryland

BOSTON - Massachusetts

BUFFALO - New York

CHARLOTTE - North Carolina

CHICAGO - Illinois *

CLEVELAND - Ohio

DALLAS - Texas

DENVER - Colorado

DETROIT - Michigan

HOUSTON - Texas

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana

JACKSONVILLE - Florida

JERSEY CITY - New Jersey *

LAS VEGAS - Nevada

LOS ANGELES - California

MIAMI - Florida

MINNEAPOLIS / ST PAUL - Minnesota

NEW YORK CITY - New York *

NEWARK - New Jersey

NORFOLK - Virginia

PORTLAND - Oregon

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania *

PHOENIX - Arizona

PITTSBURGH - Pennsylvania

SACRAMENTO - California

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah

SAN DIEGO - California

SAN FRANCISCO - California

SAN JOSE - California

SEATTLE - Washington

ST LOUIS - Missouri

WASHINGTON D.C

* 24 Hour Service

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The United States of America is home to the largest number of metro systems in the world with thirty two systems.

Eleven of the country's systems are classified as subways or underground systems.

Metro systems can be found in twenty five of America's fifty states.

The state of California has the highest number with five networks.

The country's largest metro system is the New York City Subway which has a system length of 337 kilometers / 209 miles.

The country's oldest metro system is the city of Chicago's L Train which began operation in 1892.

Only four city metro systems in the world provide a twenty four hour service and all of them are located in the U.S.A, they are located in the cities of Chicago, Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

ATLANTA

Atlanta, Georgia.

The city of Atlanta has a 44 mile rapid transit system known as the MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) which became operational in 1979. The system consists of four lines which are served by thirty eight stations.

The MARTA operates on weekdays between 04.45 hours and 01.00 hours and at the weekends between 06.00 hours and 01.00 hours.

The system uses the Breeze travel card, details of which can be found at this link - www.itsmarta.com/fares.

MARTA

Red Line - 19 stations between North Springs and Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

Yellow Line - 18 Stations between Doraville and Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

Blue Line - 15 Stations between Hamilton E. Holmes and Indian Creek.

Green Line - 9 stations between Bankwood and Edgewood / Candler Park.

The above four lines all connect at Atlanta's Five Points Railway Station located along the city's Broad Street.

ATLANTA'S BOTANICAL GARDEN

Image courtesy of Eric Sonstroem, wikimedia commons.

AIR

Atlanta is served by the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. The airport is served by two Plane Trains, one which links the airport's domestic and international terminals with it's seven concourses and another which links the passenger terminals with the car rental centre.

The airport is also served by it's own metro station, located near the baggage reclaim in the arrivals hall, which departs the airport regularly between 04.45 hours and 01.00 hours on weekdays and between 06.00 hours and 01.00 hours at the weekends.

The airport station is served by trains on the MARTA's Red Line and Yellow Line, both of which connect at Atlanta's Five Points Railway Station, which is further served by the MARTA's Blue Line and Green Line.

RAIL

Atlanta is served by the Peachtree Railway Station located along the city's Peachtree Street. The station is served by

the Yellow Line and the Red Line of the MARTA and the Amtrak Crescent service which travels between New York City and New Orleans in Louisiana.

BUS

Atlanta's inter city (Greyhound) bus station is located along the city's Forsyth Street SW. The station is located within walking distance of Garnet Station located on the Red Line and the Yellow Line of the Marta.

SPORT

Atlanta is served by three renowned sporting venues.

The Philip's Arena - Home of the Atlanta Hawks basket ball team, which can be accessed by way of the Dome / GWCC / Philips Arena / CNN Centre Station located on the Blue Line and the Green Line.

Turner Field - Home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team, which can be accessed by way of a short walk from Georgia State Station located on the Blue Line and the Green Line of the MARTA.

Regular shuttle buses to Turner Field are also provided from the Underground Atlanta Centre.

East Lake Golf Course - Home of the annual PGA Tour championship is located at 2572, Alston Drive SE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30317. The course is best accessed by taxi or private car.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.itsmarta.com

BALTIMORE

Baltimore, Maryland

The city of Baltimore has a 24.8 kilometer rapid transit system known as the Subway, although only 50% of it is actually underground, which became operational in 1983. The system consists of one line which is served by fourteen stations.

The system operates between 05.00 hours and 00.00 hours on Mondays to Fridays and from 06.00 hours and 00.00 hours at the weekends.

SUBWAY

24.8 km - 14 stations - Owings Mills - Old Court - Milford Mill - Reisertown Plaza - Rogers Avenue - West Cold Spring - Mondawmin - Penn North - Upton - State Centre - Lexington Market - Charles Center - Shot Tower / Market Place - Johns Hopkins Hospital.

COMMUTER RAIL

Baltimore is also served by a light rail, commuter service with three services which are known as the MTA - the Maryland Transit Authority, the company which also operates the city's extensive bus network.

The MTA Blue Line - 31 stations between Hunt Valley and Baltimore Washington International Airport, via Penn Railway Station and Lexington Market, which is the station for connecting with the metro.

The MTA Yellow Line - 25 stations between Hunt Valley and Cromwell Station / Glen Burnie.

The MTA Red Line - 8 stations between Penn Street Station and Camden Yards.

INTERSTATE COMMUTER RAIL

Baltimore is also served by the MARC, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter service, an interstate, commuter rail service with three lines which links the state of Maryland with the city of Washington DC and the state of West Virginia.

The Brunswick Line - 74 miles / 119 km - 19 stations between Washington DC and Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The Camden Line - 39 miles / 63 km - 12 stations between Washington DC and Baltimore, Camden Station.

The Penn Line - 77 miles / 124 km - 13 stations between Washington DC and Perryville, Maryland via Baltimore, Penn Station.

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AIR

Baltimore is served by the Washington Marshall International Airport. The airport is served by a train station on the MTA Blue Line which connects with the Subway at Lexington Market. The airport station can be found adjacent to concourse E.

The airport train runs a regular service between 05.00 hours and 23.00 hours on Mondays to Fridays, between 06.00 hours and 23.00 hours on Saturdays and from 11.00 hours to 19.00 hours on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

RAIL

Baltimore is served by the Pennsylvania Railway Station, more commonly known as Penn Station, which is located along the city's North Charles Street. This iconic city landmark is served by a large local bus station, the city's MTA Red Line, the Penn Line commuter service, the Pennsylvania Railroad and nine inter city Amtrak services. These nine Amtrak services are;

The Acela Express service which travels between Boston, Massachusetts and Washington D.C.

The Cardinal service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and NYC.

The Carolinian service which travels between NYC and Charlotte in North Carolina.

The Crescent service which travels between NYC and New Orleans in Louisiana.

The Northeast Regional service which travels between Boston, Massachusetts and Lynchburg, Newport News, Norfolk and Richmond in Virginia.

The Palmetto service which travels between NYC and Savannah in Georgia.

The Silver Meteor service which travels between NYC and Miami in Florida.

The Silver Star service which travels between NYC and Miami in Florida.

The Vermonter service which travels between St Albans, Vermont and Washington D.C.

BUS

Baltimore's inter city (Greyhound) bus station is located along the city's Haines Street. The station is best accessed by either local bus # 27 or a local taxi.

SPORT

Baltimore's major league baseball team is the Baltimore Orioles. They play their home games at the Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The stadium is accessed by the Camden Yards Station which can be accessed on all of the MTA lines.

Baltimore's main sporting and music venue is the Baltimore Arena located on West Baltimore Street. The arena can be accessed by the Charles Center Subway station or the University Center / Baltimore Street Station which can be found on all of the MTA lines.

Baltimore is served by many more sporting arenas. Wikipedia has an extensive list of these venues listed on their page - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_in_Maryland

You can access the metro website by visiting

mta.maryland.gov/metro-subway

BOSTON

Boston, Massachusetts

The historical city of Boston is served by both a rapid transit underground and a light rail commuter service.

The city's subway, which became operational in 1901, is sixty one kilometers long and consists of three lines which are served by fifty one stations.

The city's light rail commuter service which became operational in 1897, is forty two kilometers long and has five lines which are served by seventy four stations.

The city is also served by four trolley bus lines, four commuter ferry services, a rapid transit, light rail line and a rapid transit tram line and eleven commuter rail lines, all of which are operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, otherwise known as the MRTA.

SUBWAY

The Red Line - 17 stations between Alewife and Ashmont. Subway

The Orange Line - 19 stations between Oak Grove and Forest Hills. Subway

The Blue Line - 12 stations between Bowdoin and Wonderland. Subway

RAPID TRANSIT LIGHT RAIL

The Green Line is a rapid transit, light rail service. The system is 37 kilometers long, is served by sixty six stations and provides four branch lines.

The B Line - 25 stations between Park Street and Boston College.

The C Line - 22 stations between Boston North Station and Cleveland Circle.

The D Line 20 stations between Park Street and Boston North Station.

The E Line - 20 stations between Lechmere and Heath Street.

TRAM

The M Line - 2.6 miles - 8 stations between Ashmont and Mattapan. Street level Tram.

BOSTON SOUTH STATION COMMUTER LINES

Kingston / Plymouth Line - 56 km - 17 stations between Boston South station and Plymouth.

Greenbush Line - 44km - 101 km - 10 stations between Boston south Station and Greenbush

Fairmount Line - 14.8 km - 8 stations between Boston South Station and Readville.

Providence / Stoughton Line - 15 stations between Boston South Station and Wickford Junction / Stoughton.

Franklin Line - 43 km - 16 stations between Boston South Station and Franklin.

Needham Line - 13 km - 12 stations between Boston South Station and Needham Heights.

Framingham / Worcester Line - 71 km - 17 stations between Boston South Station and Worcester Union Station.

BOSTON NORTH STATION COMMUTER LINES

Fitchburg Line - 79 km - 18 stations between Boston North Station and Fitchburg.

Lowell Line - 38 km - 9 stations between Boston North Station and Lowell.

Haverhill Line - 53 km - 14 stations between Boston North station and Haverhill.

Newburyport / Rockport Line - Two lines - 10 stations between Boston North Station and Newburyport - 12 stations between Boston North Station and Rockport.

AIR

Boston is served by the Logan International Airport. The airport is served by both bus and rail services for connections into downtown Boston, both of which start with a bus journey.

From any of the the airport terminals take the Silver Line bus to Airport Railway Station.

The Airport Station is served by the metro system's Blue Line, which travels between Bowdoin (south bound) and Wonderland (north bound), via State Station to connect with the Orange Line or Government Center Station to connect with the B Line of the Green Line.

Alternatively stay on the bus and travel on to South Station bus and rail terminal for connections to the Red Line, commuter rail services or intercity buses, or go on to Boylston Station to connect with all lines of the Green Line.

For a more scenic journey into downtown Boston passengers can take a water shuttle from the airport's Logan Dock by catching Massport bus # 66 from any of the airport terminals. From Logan Dock the water shuttle travels along the South Shore of Boston Waterfront calling at Boston Inner Harbour, Quincy and Hull.

For connections to the Boston suburbs of Braintree, Framingham, Woburn or Peabody, there is a non stop shuttle bus service, the Massport Logan Express, which departs daily from all of the airport's terminals between 06.30 hours and 20.00 hours.

TRAIN & BUS

Boston's iconic South Station, pictured above, or to give it it's official title the Governor Micheal.S.Dukakis Transportation Centre, is a vast rail and bus terminal located along the city's Atlantic Avenue.

The station is served by the city subway's Red Line, the Silver Line bus network, seven commuter rail services, the weekend only Cape Flyer service to Cape Cod and the following three Amtrak services .

The Acela Express service which travels between Boston and Washington D.C.

The Lake Shore Limited service which travels between Boston and Chicago in Illinois.

The Northeast Regional service which travels between Boston and Lynchburg, Newport News, Norfolk and Richmond in Virginia.

Boston is also served by the North Railway Station located along the city's Causeway and Nashua Street. This station provides the Fitchburg, Lowell, Haverhill and Newburyport / Rockport commuter rail services, the Green Line's C Line and D Line, the Orange Line of the city subway and Amtrak's Downeaster service which travels between Boston and Brunswick in Maine.

FERRIES

The city of Boston is served by a vast network of ferries. For information about the Boston Harbour ferries and the cities local water taxi services visit - bostonwatertransportation.com.

SPORT

Boston's major sporting and concert venue is Fenway Park, better known as the home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. The stadium can be accessed by way of the Fenway Station located on the D Line of the Green Line light rail service.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.mbta.com/subway

BUFFALO

Buffalo, New York

The city of Buffalo has a 10.3 kilometer rapid transit system known as the Metro Rail, which became operational in 1985. The system consists of one line which is served by fourteen stations, eight of which are underground and charge a fee and six of which are elevated which are non fare paying.

METRO RAIL

10.3 km - 14 stations - Underground fee paying stations - University of Buffalo - La Salle - Amherst Street - Humboldt Hospital - Delavan / Canisius College - Utica - Summer Best - Allen Medical Campus - Elevated non fee paying stations - Theatre - Fountain Plaza - Lafayette Square - Church - Seneca - Erie Canal.

AIR

Buffalo is served by the Buffalo - Niagara International Airport. There are several bus services available for transfers into downtown Buffalo, including the NFTA Metro Bus Downtown Express, #204, which leaves from outside the arrivals hall, every hour on weekdays between 06.23 hours and 17.19 hours. The bus terminates at North Division / Ellicott Street Metropolititan Transportation Center, right in the centre of down town, a journey time of around thirty five minutes.

To access the American side of Niagara Falls there are also several bus services for transfers from the airport, including the NFTA Metro Bus # 210, which leaves from outside the arrivals hall every two hours on weekdays during May to October, and provides a journey of around 45 minutes.

RAIL

Buffalo's central railway station is located along the city's Exchange Street. The station is served by two Amtrak services, the Empire service, which links New York City with Niagara Falls, and the Maple Leaf service, which links New York City with the city of Toronto in Canada.

The station is not served by the Metro Rail but is located just a short walk away from either the Seneca or Erie Canal Metro Rail stations.

BUS

The Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center is located along the city's Ellicott Street.

The station is served by local and interstate (Greyhound) bus services including the Neon Bus service which links the Buffalo Niagara Airport with Syracruse and New York City in New York state. The station is not served by the Metro Rail.

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Buffalo's Harbour Center, Naval Park, Niagara Center and One Canalside can all be accessed by way of the Erie Canal Station on the Metro Rail.

SPORT

Buffalo is served by several sporting and events venues the two most popular of which are;

The First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, which is located along the city's Seymour Knox Palza. The stadium is served by it's own Metro Rail station on match days known as the Special Events Station.

The Ralph Wilson Stadium is located at Orchard Park and is home to the Buffalo Bills American football team. The stadium is located out of town and is therefore best accessed by way of a local taxi or private car.

You can access the metro website by visiting metro

metro.nfta.com

CHARLOTTE

Charlotte, North Carolina

The city of Charlotte has a 15.45 kilometer light rail system, known as the Lynx, which became operational in 2007. The system consists of one line which is served by fifteen stations.

THE LYNX

15.45 km - 15 stations - 7th Street - Charlotte Transportation Center / Arena - 3rd Street - Stonewall - Carson - Bland - East/West - New Bern - Scaleybark - Woodlawn - Tyvola - Archdale - Arrowood - Sharon Road West - South Boulevard.

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AIR

Charlotte is served by the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airport is served by the CATS Sprinter bus service for transfers into downtown Charlotte, which depart from outside the airport's Zone D baggage reclaim.

On Mondays to Fridays the buses depart every twenty minutes between 05.50 hours and 19.00 hours and every thirty minutes between 19.00 hours and 00.00 hours. On Saturdays and Sundays the buses depart every hour between 06.00 hours and 01.00 hours. All services terminate at the Charlotte Transportation Center, a journey time of around twenty minutes. The Charlotte Transportation Center is served by a station on the Lynx.

RAIL

Charlotte's central railway station is located along the city's North Tryon Street. The stations is served by three Amtrak rail services, the Crescent, which links New York City with New Orleans, the Carolinian service, which links Charlotte with New York City and the Piedmont service which links Charlotte with North Carolina's state's capital Raleigh.

The station is not served by the Lynx.

BUS

Charlotte's local and long distance bus terminal is located at the Charlotte Area Transportation System located along the city's East Trade Street. This major transportation hub is served by a station on the Lynx.

SPORT

Charlotte's is served by two premier sports and events venues, they are;

The Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers American football team, located along the city's South Mint Avenue. The stadium is not served by the Lynx but it's Convention Centre Station is very near. Alternatively disabled visitors can take advantage of a game day shuttle from Lot B of the Carolinas Medical Centre located along the city's Blythe Boulevard.

The Time Warner Cable Arena is located along the city's East Trade Street and is the home of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team. The arena is served by the Trade Street Station on the Lynx.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.wnba.com/lynxmetro

CHICAGO

Chicago, Illinois

The city of Chicago has a 224.1 kilometer elevated and underground rapid transit system known as the 'L' (short for elevated), which became operational in 1892, making it the oldest metro system in the United States.

The L, which is operated by the Chicago Transit Authority - CTA - consists of eight lines which are served by one hundred and forty four stations and is one of only four metro systems in the world which run a twenty four hour service, but only on two of it's lines.

The city is also served by twelve electric, commuter rail lines which are known as the Metra. This commuter network covers over 487 kilometers and is served by two hundred and forty one stations.

THE CHICAGO LOOP

The Chicago Loop is a nine station, elevated rail loop which covers the downtown area of Chicago. This historic line, which is also known as the Union Loop, became operational in 1896 and went on to give the city of Chicago's whole rail transit system it's nick name of the L (Short for elevated).

Today the Loop, which is recognised all over the world due to it's many film and TV appearances, connects the downtown area of Chicago, which is also known as The Loop, with five of the L's eight lines - the Orange Line, the Green Line, the Purple Line, the Brown Line and the Pink Line.

Map of the Chicago Loop

THE L SYSTEM

CTA Red Line - 21.8 miles - 33 stations between Howard Street and 95th Street - 24 hour service.

CTA Blue Line - 26.93 miles - 33 stations between O' Hare International Airport and Des Plains Avenue- 24 hour service.

CTA Brown Line - 11.4 miles - 19 stations between Kimball Avenue and the Chicago Loop.

CTA Green Line - 20.8 miles - 29 between Forest Park and Oak Park / Harlem Lake.

CTA Orange Line - 13 miles - 17 stations between Chicago Midway Airport and the Chicago Loop.

CTA Purple Line - 3.9 miles - 9 stations between Wilmette and Howard Street.

CTA Pink Line - 11.2 miles - 23 stations between 54th / Cermak and the Chicago Loop.

CTA Yellow Line - 5.1 miles - 4 stations between Dempster and Skokie Howard Street.

THE METRA

http://metrarail.com

Metra BNSF - 60 km - 26 stations between Union Railway Station and Aurora, Illinois.

Metra District Line - 31 miles - 49 stations between Millenium Railway Station and University Park.

Metra Heritage Corridor - 60 km - 6 stations between Union Railway Station and Joliet, Illionois.

Metra Milwaukee District North - 80 km - 22 stations between Union Railway Station and Fox Lake, Illinois.

Metra Milwaukee District West - 64 km - 22 stations between Union Railway Station and Big Timber Road, Elgin,Illinois.

Metra North Central - 85 km - 18 stations between Union Railway Station and Antioch, Illinois.

Metra Rock Island District - 75 km - 26 stations between LaSalle Street Railway Station and 35th Street Station, Rock Island.

Metra South Shore Line - 90 miles - 19 stations between Millenium Railway Station and South Bend, Indiana.

Metra South West Service - 66 km - 13 stations between Union Railway Station and Manhattan, Illinois.

Metra Union Pacific North - 83 km - 27 stations between OTC* and Kenosha. Wisconsin.

Metra Union Pacific Northwest - 113 km - 23 stations between OTC* and Harvard / McHenry, Illinois.

Metra Union Pacific West - 70 km - 19 stations between OTC* and Elburn, Illinois.

* OTC - The Richard. B. Ogilvie Transportation Center.

AIR

Chicago is served by the O' Hare International Airport. The airport is served by it's own train station on the L's 24 hour Blue Line, which terminates at Des Plains Avenue Station, which is also connected with the L's Purple Line. The Purple Line terminates at Howard Street Station, which is also connected to the L's Yellow Line and the 24 hour Red Line.

RAIL

Chicago's iconic Union Railway Station is located along the city's Canal Street but also has entrances / exits situated along the city's Riverside Plaza and Madison Street.

The station provides six Metra commuter services, six CTA mass rapid transit lines and the following eighteen Amtrak services.

The Blue Water service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Port Huron in Michigan.

The California Zephyr service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Emeryville in California.

The Capitol Limited service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Washington D.C.

The Cardinal service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and New York City.

The Carl Sandburg service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Quincy in Illinois.

The City of New Orleans service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and St Louis, in Missouri.

The Empire Builder service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and either Portland in Oregon or Seattle in Washington.

The Hiawatha service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee in Wisconsin.

The Hoosier State service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis in Indiana.

The Illini service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Carbondale in Illinois.

The Illinois Zephyr service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Quincy in Illinois.

The Lake Shore Limited service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and either NYC or Boston in Massachusetts.

The Lincoln service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and St Louis in Missouri.

The Pere Marquette service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Grand Rapids in Michigan.

The Saluki service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Carbondale in Illinois

The Southwest Chief service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles in California.

The Texas Eagle service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and San Antonio in Texas.

The Wolverine service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Pontiac in Michigan.

BUS

The Richard.B.Ogilvie Transportation Center is located along the city's West Madison Street but also has entrances / exits along the city's Randolph Street, Canal Street and Clinton Street.

The centre provides several local and inter city bus services as well as three Metra commuter rail services and two CTA metro services.

SPORT

Chicago's premier sporting and concert venue is the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks. The center can be accessed by way of the United Center Express bus service, # 19, which operates every ten minutes for ninety minutes before an event.

The bus can be caught outside the Millenium Station, which is served by the Red, Green, Brown, Orange, Pink & Purple lines of the L, the Ogilvie Center Station, which is served by the Green, Pink, Brown, Orange, Purple & Pink lines of the L or the Union Railway Station, which is served by the Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple & Blue lines of the L and both Metra commuter lines.

Alternatively bus route # 20 leaves Wabash Street Station, located on the city's Loop, which is served by the Brown, Green, Orange, Pink & Purple lines of the L, every ten minutes for ninety minutes before an event.

You can access the L website by visiting

www.transitchicago.com

You can visit the Metra commuter rail website by visiting

http://metrarail.com/metra

CLEVELAND

Cleveland, Ohio

The city of Cleveland has both a rapid transit system and a light rail system which make up it's city metro network.The rapid transit system, which became operational in 1955, is 31 kilometers long and consists of one line which is served by eighteen stations.

The city's light rail system, which became operational in 1920, is 29 kilometers long and consists of two lines which are served by thirty four stations.

The system, which is operated by the Cleveland Regional Transit Authority - RTA, was the first metro system in the United States to be linked to an airport when it's nineteen mile long, Red Line (Route 66), was opened in March 1955.

RAPID TRANSIT

RED LINE (Route 66) - 19 miles -18 stations between Tower City and Louis Stores Station at Windemere via the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

LIGHT RAIL

BLUE LINE (Route 67) - 11 stations between South Harbour and Tower City / Drexmore and Warrensville.

GREEN LINE (Route 67A) - 11 stations between South Harbour and Tower City / Coventry and Green Road.

All three lines connect at the Tower City Public Square Station located along the city's West Huron Road.

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AIR

Cleveland is served by the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The airport is served by it's own metro station located beneath the airport's terminal building. The station can be accessed by way of a lift located in the terminal's baggage claim area.The train, which is located on the Cleveland metro's Red Line (Route 66), departs the station every thirty minutes between 04.00 hours and 12.30 hours, and takes thirty minutes to connect with the city's Tower City Station, which is also served by the metro's Green Line (Route 67A) and Blue Line (Route 67).

RAIL

Cleveland's inter city railway station is located along the city's Memorial Shoreway. The station is served by the Blue Line (Route 67) of the rapid transit system and the Green Line (Route 67A) of the light rail system and also provides two Amtrak services, the Lake Shore service which links Chicago, Illinois and Boston in Massachusetts via New York City, and the Capitol service which links Chicago, Illinois with Washington D.C.

BUS

Cleveland's inter city (Greyhound) bus station is located along the city's Chester Avenue. The station is not served by either the rapid transit or light rail services.

SPORT

Cleveland's premier sporting and concert venue is located at the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Centre. The complex consists of the Quicken Loans Arena, known locally as The Q, which is home to the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and the Progressive Fields Arena, which is home to the Cleveland Indians baseball team.

The complex is accessed by way of a glassed in pedestrian walkway which spans the Ohio River and links the centre's lobby with the Tower City Public Square Station which is served by all three lines of the city's light rail and rapid transit.

The walkway is opened two hours before an event and is located at the end of the Tower City Center's food court.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.riderta.com

DALLAS

Dallas, Texas

The city of Dallas has a 115.9 kilometer rapid transit network known as the DART which became operational in 1983. The DART consists of a four line, light rail network, an extensive bus network and a thirty four mile commuter service known as the Trinity Rail Express (TRE).

THE DART

The Red Line - 25 stations between Parker Road and Westmoreland.

The Blue Line - 21 stations between Downtown Garland and Ledbetter.

The Green Line - 24 stations between North Carrollton / Frankford and Buckner.

The Orange Line - 14 miles - 29 stations between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Parker Road Railway Station.

COMMUTER RAIL

Trinity Rail Express (TRE) - 34 miles - 10 stations between Dallas Union Railway Station and the Texas & Pacific Railway Station, Fort Worth, via the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport and the American Airlines Sports & Concert Center. (This train does NOT provide a Sunday service).

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AIR

Dallas is served by the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport. The airport is served by it’s own metro station on the DART’s Orange Line, which links with downtown Dallas where it terminates at Parker Railway Station on weekdays and terminates at the LBJ Central Railway Station at the weekends.

The train runs every day between the hours of 04.25 hours and 01.21 hours.

The airport station is called Belt Line Station and is accessed by way of the DART bus service # 500 from each of the airport’s terminals.

For inter terminal transport there is a Skylink Train service and a mini bus shuttle service. For more details about airport transportation into downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, visit - www.dfwairport.com/transport/public.

RAIL

Dallas' Union Railway Station is located along the city's South Houston Street. The station is served by the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and the Red Line and the Blue Line of the city DART. The station also provides one Amtrak service, the Texas Eagle service, which links the city of Chicago in Illinois with the city of Los Angeles in California via the cities of St Louis in Missouri and Dallas and San Antonio in Texas.

BUS

Dallas' inter city (Greyhound) bus terminal is located along the city's South Lamar Street, which is easily accessible from the city's Union Railway Station.

HERITAGE TROLLEY

Dallas is also served by the M Line Trolley, also known as the McKinley Avenue Streetcar. This service, which operates seven days a week and is completely free to use, is a collection of historic trolley buses which are owned and operated by a non profit making, heritage society.

The service runs for 6.8 kilometers through the city’s Arts District and West Village and can be accessed by the city's DART service at the City Place station which is served by the DART's Red Line and Blue Line.

For more information about the M Line Trolley please visit it's website at - www.mata.org.

SPORT

Dallas is served by three premier sporting and concert venues -

The American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars, which is served by it's own railway station on the Trinity Rail Express (TRE) service.

The A.T & T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys and the Rangers Ballpark, home of the Texas Rangers, both of which are located in Arlington and neither of which are accessible by public transport.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.dart.org

DENVER

Denver, Colorado

The city of Denver has a 56 kilometer, street level, light rail, mass transit system which became operational in 1994. The system consists of six lines which are served by ninety four stations.

The city is currently constructing a commuter rail link between Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport, which is planned to open in 2016.

Line C - 12 stations between Denver Union Railway Station and Littleton / Mineral.

Line D - 17 stations between Littleton / Mineral and 30th / Downing.

Line E - 18 stations between Denver Union Railway Station and Lincoln.

Line F - 18 stations between Lincoln and California / 18th / Stout.

Line H - 14 stations between Nine Mile and California / 18th / Stout.

Line W - 15 stations between Denver Union Railway Station and Jefferson County Government Center.

AIR

Denver is served by the Denver International Airport. The airport is served by several bus routes for transfers into downtown Denver, Aspen, Aurora and Boulder, most of which operate daily between 03.30 hours and 01.00 hours. The buses leave from outside doors 504, 506 and 510 of the Jefferson Terminal, which are all located on Level 5 of the west side of the building.

Please try and have the correct bus fare, which can be anything between $9 & $13 depending on your destination, as the bus driver does not keep money on his person.

RAIL

Denver is served by the Union Railway Station which is located along the city's Wewetta Street. The station is served by Line C, Line E and Line W of the city metro system.

The station is also served by an entrance on the city's Wynkoop Street for passengers using its one Amtrak service, the Californian Zephyr, which travels between Chicago in Illinois and Emeryville in California.

BUS

Denver's inter-city (Greyhound) bus station is located along the city's 19th Street which is served by several of the city's bus services.

SPORT

Image courtesy of David Shankbone, wikimedia commons.

Denver's premier sports and concert venue is the Sports Authority Field At Mile High, pictured above, home of the Denver Broncos American football team and the Denver Outlaws Lacrosse team. The stadium is served by a metro station of the same name located on the city metro's Line C, Line E and Line W.

Denver's premier baseball venue is Coors Field, home of the Denver Rockies baseball team. The stadium can be accessed by way of a short walk from the city's Union Railway Station located on Wewetta Street.

Denver's premier basketball arena is located at the Pepsi Centre located at Chopper Circle. The stadium is served by it's own station on the Line C, Line E and Line W of the city metro.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.rtd-denver.com

DETROIT

Detroit, Michigan

The city of Detroit has a 4.8 kilometer elevated, automated (driverless) metro system known as the People Mover, which began operation in 1987. The system consists of one line which is served by thirteen stations which cover the city's financial district, historic center, sporting venues and cultural establishments, all of which pay homage to the city's former automobile and music history.

Detroit People Mover - 4.8 km - 13 stations - Broadway - Grand Circus Park - Times Square - Michigan Avenue - Fort - Cass - Cabo Center - Joe Louis Arena - Financial District - Millender Center - Renaissance Center - Bricktown - Greektown - Cadillac Center.

AIR

Detroit is served by the Detroit Metropilitan Wayne County Airport. The airport is served by two terminals both of which provide separate bus services for transfers into downtown Detroit.

The MacNamara Terminal is served by Bus # 125 which departs from outside the terminal for Fort Street, which is served by a station on the People Mover, every hour between 04.41 hours and 23.04 hours on Mondays to Fridays, between 06.30 hours and 23.03 hours on Saturdays and between 07.18 hours and 19.47 hours on Sundays. This journey takes around an hour.

The North Terminal is served by Bus # 280 which departs from outside the terminal every hour for Garden City Hospital between 06.00 hours and 23.00 hours on Mondays to Saturdays and between 05.55 hours and 19.55 hours on Sundays or Bus # 190 which departs from outside the terminal for the Fairlane Center every hour between 05.50 hours and 16.19 hours on Monday to Friday. Both journeys take around thirty minutes.

RAIL

Detroit is served by an Amtrak railway station known as the Station Building. The station is located along the city's West Baltimore Avenue and provides just the one long distance service, the Wolverine service, which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Pontiac, Michigan.

BUS

Detroit's long distance (Greyhound) bus station is located along the city's Howard Street but is not served by the city's People Mover.

The city's Rosa Parks Transit Center is located along the city's Cass Avenue and is served by the Cass station on the People Mover.

THE RENAISSANCE CENTRE

SPORT & TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Leave the People Mover at the Grand Circus Park Station to access the Comerica Park Baseball Arena, the Ford Field Football Stadium, the Detroit Opera House, the Fox Theatre and the Fillmore Center, which is home of the annual North American Music Awards.

Leave the People Mover at the Cabo Center Station for the venue of the North American International Auto Show.

Leave the People Mover at the Joe Louis Arena Station for the city's premier hockey venue.

Leave the People Mover at Greektown Station for the city's historic center.

Leave the People Mover at Renaissance Station for Detroit's International Riverfront.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.thepeoplemover.com

HOUSTON

Houston, Texas

The state of Texas' largest city, Houston, has a 12 kilometer light rail system known as the METRORail . The system became operational in 2004 and presently consists of one line, which is known as the Red Line, which is served by twenty five stations, although the city also has another line presently under construction and another two lines in the planning stages..

The METRORail operates daily from 04.30 hours on week days or 05.30 hours on weekends and terminates at 00.00 hours on Mondays through to Thursdays, at 02.20 hours on Fridays and Saturdays and at 11:40 hours on Sundays.

METRO RAIL

12 km - 25 stations - Northline Transit Center/HCC - Melbourne/North Lindale - Lindale Park -Cavalcade - Moody Park - Fulton/North Central - Quitman/Near Northside - Burnett Transit Center - UH–Downtown - Preston - Central Station - Main Street Square - Bell - Downtown Transit Center - McGowen - Ensemble/HCC - Wheeler - Museum District - Hermann Park / Rice University - Memorial Hermann / Zoo - Dryden / TMC - TMC Transit Center - Smith Lands - Reliant Park - Fannin South.

THE PORT OF HOUSTON

AIR

Houston is served by the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The airport is served by several terminals which are linked by way of an underground people mover. The airport's transport for links into downtown Houston are provided by one bus service, the # 102, which departs from outside the south side of Terminal C every half an hour or so between 05.21 hours and 12.01 hours on weekdays only.

The bus travels from the airport to La Branch and Gray in downtown Houston, a journey of around one hour twenty minutes, via the Greenspoint Transit Center which is served by a station on the METRORail. Please make sure you have the correct fare for the bus driver, which is around $1.50.

RAIL & BUS

The city of Houston is served by the Grand Central Station located along Washington Avenue. The station is served by long distance (Greyhound) and local bus services, the Sunset Limited Amtrak service, which travels between Los Angeles in California and New Orleans in Louisiana, and the city's METRORail.

SPORT

Houston is served by two premier sports, concert and entertainment venues -

The NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, and the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets. Both of these centres are vast with several amenities and entrances and exits, therefore it is better to take a taxi when visiting either of these venues so that you can explain to the driver exactly where it is you want to go.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.ridemetro.org

INDIANAPOLIS

Indianapolis, Indiana.

The city of Indianapolis has a unique, privately owned, people mover, which is owned and operated by the city's Indiana University of Health - Clarion Health.

This type of people mover is quite usual at airports or large entertainment venues such as amusement parks, but to have a people mover at a hospital or university is quite a rarity.

This 2.25 kilometer automated, elevated system runs 24 hours a day, is free for all to use and was built to transport the city's public health workers, university students, hospital patients and hospital visitors between the city's Methodist Hospital, University Hospital, Riley Children's Hospital and the Pathology Laboratory. Another feature of the system are two pneumatic tubes which have been placed between the train's dual tracks implemented for the use of express carriage of patient documents and samples.

The three carriage train runs every six minutes during the day and by an on - demand mode overnight.

Although the system resembles a monorail it actually runs on tracks, which have been built with gaps between them in order to alleviate the build up of snow during the Winter months.

This ground breaking system is neither a city metro system nor an urban rapid transit system, but as it is the only one of it's type in the U.S.A and possibly even the world, I felt it deserved a mention on this page.

For more Information about this system visit -

uhealth.org/universitypeople-mover

JACKSONVILLE

Jacksonville, Florida.

Florida's most populous city, Jacksonville, has a 4 kilometer automated monorail known as the SkyWay. The Skyway, which began operation in 1989, consists of one line which is served by eight stations.

SKYWAY

4 km - 8 stations at Rosa Parks Transit center - Hemming Plaza - Central - Jefferson - Convention Centre - San Marco - Riverplace - King's Avenue.

THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING

AIR

Jacksonville is served by the Jacksonville International Airport. The airport is served by the CT3 AirJTA bus service which departs the airport every hour between 06.25 hours and 21.25 hours on weekdays only. The bus can be found adjacent to the airport's baggage claim. For a full schedule and timetable for the CT3 AirJTA bus service visit it's website at - www.jtafla.com.

RAIL

Jacksonville is served by the Jacksonville Station located along the city's Clifford Lane. The station is served by local and long distance bus services and two Amtrak services, the Silver Meteor and the Silver Star, both of which travel between New York City and Miami.

BUS

Jacksonville is served by the Rosa Parks Transit Centre which is located along the city's Union Street West. The centre is Jacksonville's main inter-city bus terminal and is served by a station on the city's Skyway.

SPORT

Jacksonville's premier sports venue is the Everbank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Like so many of the United States' national sports complexes it's probably better to take a taxi to this venue due to it's vast size and large amount of amenities and entrances and exits.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.jtafla.com

JERSEY CITY

Jersey City, New Jersey

Jersey City is served by a vast inter - state rail network, which also links with the cities of Hoboken, Newark, Atlantic City and Philadelphia.

This large system, which became operational in 1979, also consists of a 172 kilometer commuter rail and light rail tram system, known as the New Jersey Transit, which consists of fourteen lines and two hundred and twenty stations, making this network the largest inter state, rapid transit system in the country.

Jersey City is also served by the 33.2 kilometer Hudson - Bergen electric light rail system and the 22.2 kilometer PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson) underground system which links New Jersey with New York City via a tunnel under the Hudson River.

This system, which consists of five lines which are served by thirty one stations, is one of only four metro systems in the world which operate a twenty four hour service.

The Hudson - Bergen Light Rail Service.

www.njtransit.com

(Available daily between 05.00 hrs and 01.00 hrs)

Blue line - 15 stops between 8th Street and Hoboken Avenue.

Yellow Line 17 stops between West Side Avenue and Tonnells Avenue.

Green Line - 7stops between Hoboken Avenue and Tonelles Avenue.

The PATH System.

www.panynj.gov/path

(Available 24/7)

Red Line – 8.9 miles – 4 stations between Newark and the World Trade Centre.

Green Line – 3 miles – 4 stations between Hoboken and World Trade Centre.

Yellow Line – 5.7 miles – 8 stations between Journal Square and 33rd Street.

Blue Line – 3,5 miles – 6 stations between Hoboken and 33rd Street.

Yellow Line 2 – 6.7 miles – 9 stations between Journal Square and 33rd Street.

The New Jersey Transit Commuter Rail

www.njtransit.com

(Available daily between 05.00 hours and 02.00 hours)

Jersey City is also served by eleven commuter rail lines known as the New Jersey Transit, they are;

The Atlantic City Line - which travels between Atlantic City and Philedelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Bergen County Line - which travels between Hoboken Terminal and Port Jervis, NY / Suffern, NY / Waldwick, NJ.

The Gladstone Line - which travels between Hoboken Terminal, New Jersey and Gladstone, New Jersey.

The Main Line - which travels between Suffern, New York and Hoboken Terminal, New Jersey.

The Meadowlands Line - which travels between Hoboken Terminal, New Jersey and the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

The Montclair / Boonton Line - which travels between Hoboken Terminal, New Jersey and Bay Street, New Jersey.

The Morristown Line - which travels between New York, Penn Station and Dover, New Jersey.

The New Jersey Coast Line - which travels between New York, Penn Station and Bay Head, New Jersey.

The Northeast Corridor Line - which travels between New York, Penn Station and Trenton, New Jersey.

The Pascack Valley Line - which travels between Hobokon Terminal, New jersey and Spring Valley, New York.

The Raritan Valley Line - which travels between New York, Penn Station and Newark, New Jersey.

AIR

Jersey City is served by the Liberty International Airport. The airport is served by it’s own commuter rail station which is located on the New Jersey Coast line and the Northeast Corridor line of the New Jersey Transit system, both of which provide transfers through to either Newark Penn Railway Station, a journey of just five minutes or New York Penn Railway Station, a journey of around twenty five minutes.

The airport station can be accessed by way of the airport’s AirTrain monorail service which serves all of the airport’s terminal buildings and car parking areas.

RAIL, BUS & FERRY

Jersey City is served by the Hobokon Terminal, a vast transportation hub located along the city's Hudson Place.

The terminal is served by nine of the city's New Jersey Transit rail lines, the Metro North rail service, two of the Hudson - Bergen rail line, two of the PATH lines, several local and inter state bus services and the New York Waterway ferry and water taxi services.

SPORT

Jersey City is served by many sports and entertainment venues, for a complete list visit - www.new-jersey-leisure-guide.com.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.njtransit.com

LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas, Nevada

The city of Las Vegas has a 6.2 kilometer monorail system which travels along the city's famous Strip.

The service became operational in 2004 and consists of one line which is served by seven stations. The system is available between 07.00 hours and 02.00 hours on Sundays through to Thursdays and between 07.00 hours and 03.00 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

Las Vegas Monorail - 6.2 km - 7 stations at the MGM Grand - Bally's / Paris - Flamingo / Ceasar's Palace - Harrah / The Quad - The Las Vegas Convention Center - LVH - Savannah Avenue.

LAS VEGAS STRIP

AIR

Las Vegas is served by the McCarran International Airport. The airport is served by several bus services for transfers into downtown Las Vegas, but only one bus, # 109, provides a twenty four hour service.

The bus departs from outside the Zero Level of Terminal One and travels through to the South Strip Transit Center, Downtown and the Bonneville Transit Center.

RAIL

Las Vegas is served by a long distance railway station which is located on the corner of the city's Railroad Street and Lincoln Avenue. The station provides one Amtrak service, the Southwest Chief, which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles in California.

BUS

The city's long distance (Greyhound) bus station is located along the city's Main Street, which is just a two minute walk from Fremont Street where the world famous Golden Nugget Casino is located.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.lvmonorail.com

LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles, California

The city of Los Angeles has a light rail, rapid transit system which became operational in 1990. The system consists of two lines which are served by twenty nine stations.

The city is also served by an 824 kilometer heavy rail, commuter network which is known as the Metrolink, which consists of six lines which are served by fifty eight stations.

METRO

www.metro.net

Dark Blue Line - 61.1 miles - 17 stations between Long Beach and 7th Street

Light Blue Line - 12 stations between Culver City and 7th Street.

The above two lines connect at the 7th Street Metro Station.

COMMUTER RAIL

www.metrolinktrains.com.

91 Line - 99 km - 8 stations between Los Angeles Union Station and Riverside.

Antelope Valley Line - 123 km - 11 stations between Los Angeles Union Station and Lancaster.

Orange County Line - 140 km - 14 stations between Los Angeles Union Station and Oceanside.

Riverside Line - 95 km - 7 stations between Los Angeles Union Station and Riverside.

San Bernadino Line - 90 km - 14 stations between Los Angeles Union Station and San Bernadino.

Ventura County Line - 114 km - 12 stations between Los Angeles Union Station and East Ventura.

Image courtesy of NSerrano, wikimedia commons

AIR

Los Angeles is served by the Los Angeles International Airport, more commonly known as LAX. The airport is served by a free airport shuttle bus which departs from outside all of the terminal buildings every fifteen minutes between 05.00 hours and 01.30 hours, through to the Aviation / LAX metro station on the local Antelope Valley Line train. Passengers can use the Antelope Valley Line train to travel through to Willobrook Station where they can then change for a train on the metro's Blue Line which passengers can then use for transfers on to either Long Beach or downtown Los Angeles.

RAIL

Los Angeles is served by the Union Railway Station located along the city's North Alameda Street. The station is served by local MetroLiner buses, six of the state's Metrolink commuter services and four inter-state Amtrak services. The station's four Amtrak services are;

The Coast Starlight service which travels between Los Angeles and Seattle in Washington.

The Pacific Surfliner service which travels between San Luis Obispo, California and San Diego in California.

The Southwest Chief service which travels between Los Angeles and Chicago in Illinois.

The Sunset Limited service which travels between Los Angeles and New Orleans in Louisiana.

BUS

The city's long distance (Greyhound) bus station is located along the city's East 7th Street. The station is served by several local bus services.

SPORT

Los Angeles is served by several sporting and entertainment venues, including -

The Dodger Stadium - Home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which is served by the Dodger Express bus service which can be accessed from outside the Union Station in Los Angeles, which is served by it's own metro station on the Red Line, Purple Line and Yellow Line commuter rail services.

The Hollywood Bowl - Which can be accessed by bus service # 222, which can be picked up from outside the Hollywood / Highland station which is served by it's own metro station on the Red Line.

The Staples Center - Which can be accessed by leaving Pico Station on the Blue Line, walking west along Pico Boulevard, then turn right onto Figueroa, where the centre is just two blocks north.

Universal Studios - Which can be accessed by way of the Universal City Shuttle, a bus service which leaves from outside the Universal City Station, located on the Red Line, every ten minutes during opening hours.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.metro.net

You can access the Metro Link website by visiting

www.metrolinktrains.com

MIAMI

Miami, Florida

The city of Miami is served by a 24.4 mile heavy rail, transit system which became operational in 1984. The system, which is known as the Metro Rail, consists of two lines which are served by twenty three stations.

The city is also served by a 4.4 mile urban Miami Dade Metro Mover, an elevated people mover which opened in 1986 and serves the greater downtown Miami area and consists of three lines which are served by twenty one stations.

The city is also served by a 114 kilometer commuter rail service known as the TRI RAIL, which links Miami with the cities of Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

METRO RAIL

Metro Rail Green Line - 22 stations between Palmetto and Brownville and then from Earlington Heights to Dadeland South along the same route as the Orange Line.

Metro Rail Orange Line - 16 stations between Miami Central Railway Station and Dadeland South.

MIA Mover - 1.27 miles - 2 stations Miami International Airport Central Terminal and Miami Central Railway Station.

Metro Mover - Inner Loop - 8 stations between Government Centre and Miami Avenue.

Metro Mover - Omni Loop - 14 stations between School Board and College Bayside.

Metro Mover - Brickell Loop - 14 stations between Knights Centre and the Financial District.

The Metro Mover connects with both lines of the Metro Rail system at the Inner Loop's Government Station and the Brickel Loop's Brickell Station.

COMMUTER RAIL

TRI RAIL - 114 km - 18 stations at Mangonia Park - West Palm Beach (Amtrak Silver Service) - Lake Worth - Boynton Beach - Delray Beach (Amtrak Silver Service) - Boca Raton - Deerfield Beach (Amtrak Silver Service) - Pompano Beach - Cypress Creek - Fort Lauderdale (Amtrak Silver Service) - Fort Lauderdale Airport - Sheridan Street - Hollywood (Amtrak Silver Service) - Golden Glades - Opa-locka - Metrorail Transfer - Hialeah Market - Miami International Airport (Amtrak Silver Service).

The TRI RAIL service links with the Green Line of the city's Metro Rail system at the TRI RAIL & Metrorail Transfer Station which is located on the corner of East 25th Street and East 11th Avenue in the suburb of Hialeah.

Image courtesy of WPPIlot, wikimedia commons

AIR

Miami is served by the Miami International Airport. The airport is served by the free to use MIA Mover, an elevated people mover which links each of the airport's terminal buildings with Miami's Central Railway Station. The people mover departs the airport every two minutes between 05.00 hours and 00.00 hours. Between midnight and five in the morning the MIA Mover is used by way of an on-demand call button.

The airport is also served by the TRI RAIL commuter service and the Amtrak Silver service.

RAIL & BUS

Miami is served by the Central Railway Station located along the city's North West 21st Street. The station is served by the city's MetroBus services, inter-city Greyhound bus services, the TRI RAIL commuter service, the Orange Line of the Metro Rail, the airport's MIA Mover and two Amtrak services, the Silver Meteor service and the Silver Star service both of which travel between Miami and New York City.

SPORT

Miami is served by two large sporting and entertainment venues -

The American Airways Arena, home of Miami Heat and Miami Sol, which can be accessed by way of Government Center Station on the Metro Mover Inner Loop and the Orange Line of the Metro Rail.

The Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, which, due to it's out of town location and vast size, is best accessed by way of a private car or taxi.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.miamidade.gov/transit

MINNEAPOLIS / ST PAUL

Minneapolis / St Paul, Minnesota

The twin cities of Minneapolis and St Paul are linked by way of a forty kilometer light rail system known as the TMETRO, which is short for Transit Metro. The system became operational in 2004 and consists of two lines which are served by fifty nine stations.

Blue Line - 14 miles - 19 stations between Target Field and Minneapolis / St Paul International Airport

Green Line - 26.8 miles - 40 stations between Target Field and St Paul Union Depot

AIR

The twin cities are served by the Minneapolis / St Paul International Airport, which is served by railway stations located at all of it's terminals, which use the METRO's Blue Line for transfers into downtown Minneapolis and St Paul.

RAIL

The twin cities are served by the St Paul Union Depot railway station located along East 4th Street in St Paul. The station is served by the Green Line of the METRO system and the Empire Builder Amtrak service which links the city of Chicago with Portland in Oregon or Seattle in Washington.

BUS

The twin cities long distance (Greyhound) bus station is located on the corner of 9th Avenue and Hawthorn Avenue in Minneapolis. The station is not served by the METRO but is located just a few minutes walk away from the Target Field metro station located on the METRO's Green Line.

SPORT

Minneapolis and St Paul are served by several sports and entertainment venues, including -

Target Field - home of the Minnesota Twins, which is accessed by it's own railway station on the METRO's Green Line.

Target Center - home of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx, which can be accessed by the Warehouse District / Hennepin Avenue Station on the METRO's Green Line and the Blue Line.

TCF Bank Stadium - home of the Minnesota Vikings, which can be accessed by the Stadium Village Station on the METRO's Green Line.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.metrotransit.org

NEW YORK CITY

For information about the NYC Subway visit our page;

Lines and Stations of the New York City Subway

The Unisphere, Corona Park, Flushing Meadows.

Image courtesy of Crisco, wikimedia commons.

NEWARK

Newark, New Jersey

The city of Newark has an underground, light rail system which became operational in 1935. With a further upgrade and extension in 2008 the single line system now consists of two lines which are served by eighteen stations, five of which are served by ground level light rail, tram style trains.

The city is also served by an airport monorail which consists of one line served by eight stations and four commuter rail lines.

METRO

Blue Line - 12 stations between Newark Penn Station and Grove Street.

Yellow Line - 6 stations between Newark Penn Station and Broad Street.

The above two lines connect at the Newark Pennsylvania Railway Station located between the city's Raymond Plaza / Raymond Boulevard / Market Street.

COMMUTER RAIL

The following lines all travel via Newark Pennsylvania Railway Station.

Northeast Corridor Line - between New York City Pennsylvania Station and Trenton, New Jersey.

North Jersey Coast Line - New York City Pennsylvania Station and Bay head, New Jersey.

Raritan Valley Line - between Newark and New York City Pennsylvania Station.

PATH Red Line - between Newark and the World Trade Center, New York City.

AIR

Newark is served by the Liberty International Airport, pictured below. The airport is served by a twenty four hour a day monorail service known as the AirTrain, which links the airport's terminals and parking lots with the Newark Airport Railway Station, which is also served by the Northeast Corridor and Jersey Coast commuter rail lines and the Keystone and Northeast Regional Amtrak services, all of which travel on to the Newark Pennsylvania Railway Station in a journey time of just five minutes.

AirTrain - 4.8 km - 8 stations at Newark International Airport Railway Station - Car Park 4 - Terminal C - Terminal B - Terminal A - Car Park 3 - Car Park 2 - Car Park 1.

RAIL & BUS

Newark is served by the Pennsylvania Railway Station, more commonly known as Penn Station, which is a vast and ornate building located between the city's Raymond Plaza, Raymond Boulevard and Market Street.

The station provides several local and long distance (Greyhound) bus services and is served by the Blue Line and the Yellow Line of the city metro system, the Red Line of the PATH system, three New Jersey Transit commuter rail services and the following eleven Amtrak services;

The Acela Express service which travels between Boston, Massachusetts and Washington D.C.

The Cardinal service which travels between NYC and Chicago in Illinois.

The Carolinian service which travels between NYC and Charlotte in North Carolina.

The Crescent service which travels between NYC and New Orleans in Louisiana.

The Keystone service which travels between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Harrisburg in Pennsylvania.

The Palmetto service which travels between NYC and Savannah in Georgia.

The Pennsylvanian service which travels between NYC and Pittsburg in Pennsylvania.

The Northeast Regional service which travels between Boston,Massachusetts and Lynchburg, in Virginia.

The Silver Star service which travels between NYC and Miami in Florida.

The Silver Meteor service which travels between NYC and Miami in Florida.

The Vermonter service which travels between St Albans, Vermont and Washington D.C.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.njtransit.com

NORFOLK

Norfolk, Virginia

The city of Norfolk has an 11.9 kilometer light rail system, which is known as the Tide, which became operational in 2011. The system consists of one line which is served by eleven stations.

THE TIDE

11.9 km - 11 stations - Fort Norfolk / Medical Center - York Street / Freemason - Monticello - MacArthur Square - Civic Plaza - Harbor Park - NSU - Ballantine / Broad Creek - Ingleside Road - Military Highway - Newtown Road.

AIR

Norfolk is served by the Norfolk International Airport. The airport is not served by any public transport, but several car rental companies can be found in the arrivals hall and several taxi companies serve the area outside the terminal building.

RAIL

Norfolk is served by an Amtrak railway station located along the city's Park Avenue. The station is served by Amtrak's Northeast Regional Service which travels between Boston, Massachusetts and Lynchburg in Virginia.

The station is located adjacent to the Harbor Park baseball stadium which is served by the Harbor Park Tide station.

BUS

Norfolk's long distance (Greyhound) bus station is located along the city's Monticello Avenue. The station is open daily between 05.00 hours and midnight. The station is not served by the Tide although it's Monticello station is located just a few minutes walk away.

FERRIES

Norfolk is served by three paddle wheel river ferries which cross the Elisabeth River between Norfolk and the city of Portsmouth.

The two ferry crossings, which are served by four ferry terminals, are located between Waterside in Norfolk and High Street in Portsmouth and between Harbor Park in Norfolk and North Landings in Portsmouth.

For more information visit - http://gohrt.com/services/ferry

SPORT

Norfolk's premier sporting venue is the Harbor Park Stadium, home of the Norfolk Tides baseball team. The stadium is located along the city's Park Avenue, right next door to the city's Amtrak railway station and the Harbor Park Tide station. The stadium is also served by the Harbor Park ferry terminal.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.gohrt.com

PORTLAND

Portland, Oregon

The city of Portland has an 52.4 mile light rail system which is known as the Max (Metropolitan Area Express) which became operational in 1986. The system consists of four lines, with another currently under construction, which are served by one hundred and thirty stations.

Portland is also served by an 11.6 kilometer streetcar system which is served by eleven stops and one commuter rail service

MAX

Red Line - 25.5 miles - 29 stations between Beaverton Transit Center and Portland International Airport.

Blue Line - 32.7 miles - 51 stations between Hillsboro and Gresham.

Yellow Line - 7.8 miles - 21 stations between Portland State University and Expo Centre.

Green Line - 14.1 miles - 29 stations between Portland State University and Clackamas Town Centre.

Orange Line - 7.3 miles between Portland Union Station and Park Avenue. Opens in 2015.

STREETCARS

North / South Line - 6 stations - Good Samaritan Hospital - Pearl District - West End - Portland State University - River Place - South Waterfront.

Central Loop Line - 8 stations - Portland State University - West End - Pearl District - Broadway Bridge - Lloyd District - Oregon Convention Center - Central East Side Industrial District - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry.

COMMUTER RAIL

Westside Express (WES) - 23 km - 5 stations at Beaverton Transit Center - Hall / Nimbus - Tigard Transit Center - Tuaiatin - Wilsonville.

THE ADIDAS VILLAGE

AIR

Portland is served by the Portland International Airport. The airport is served by a train station on the Red Line of the Portland MAX, which is located outside the airport's baggage claim area.

The train runs between the airport and the suburb of Beaverton Transit Center, via downtown, where the Gateway Transit Center Station connects with the Blue Line and the Green Line, Rose Station connects with the Yellow Line, the Old Town / China Town Station connects with the Green Line and the Yellow Line and Mall Southwest 4th Avenue / Mall Southwest 5th Avenue Station connects with all lines of the Portland MAX.

At the Beaverton Transit Center passengers can also change for the Westside Express (WES) commuter service.

RAIL & BUS

Portland is served by the Union Station located along the city's North West Sixth Avenue. The station is located just a short walk from the city's Pearl District where the city streetcars can be accessed and provides several local and long distance (Greyhound) bus services.

The station is served by the Green Line and the Yellow Line of the Portland MAX and the following three Amtrak services;

The Cascades service which travels between Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada and Eugene in Oregon.

The Coast Starlight service which travels between Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles in California.

The Empire Builder which travels between Portland and Chicago in Illinois.

SPORT

Portland is home to two major sporting and entertainment venues -

Providence Park - home of the Portland Timbers, located in Portland's Goose Hollow neighbourhood. The park is served by the Providence Park Station located on the Blue Line and Red Line of the Portland MAX. The station is situated opposite the stadium.

The Moda Center - home of the Portland Trail Blazers, is located in the Rose Quarter of Portland and can be accessed by way of the Interstate / Rose Quarter Station located on the Yellow Line of the Portland MAX.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.trimet.org

PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The city of Philadelphia has a 22.9 kilometer underground, rapid transit system which became operational in 1969. The system is known as the PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corporation) Speedline and consists of one line which is served by thirteen stations. The PATCO Speedline is one of only four metro systems in the world which operate 24 hours a day.

Philadelphia is also served by two rapid transit commuter rail lines, an airport rail line, five Subway / Surface trolleybus lines, eleven regional commuter rail lines and eleven long distance Amtrak services.

PATCO SPEEDLINE

PATCO Speedline - 22.9 km - 13 stations - Lindenwold - Ashland - Woodcrest - Haddonfield - Westmont - Collingswood - Ferry Avenue - Broadway - City Hall - 8th & Market - 9-10 Locust - 12 - 13 Locust - 15 - 16 Locust.

RAPID TRANSIT COMMUTER RAIL

Broad Street Commuter Line - 25 stations between AT & T Station and Fern Rock Transportation Center.

Market Frankford Commuter Line - 28 stations between 69th Street Transit Center and the Frankford Transit Center.

NEW JERSEY LIGHT TRANSIT

Atlantic City Line - 9 stations at Philadelphia 30th Street Railway Station - Pennsauken Transit Center - Cherry Hill - Lindenwold - Berlin - Atco - Hammonton - Egg Harbor City - Absecon - Atlantic City Rail Terminal.

SEPTA REGIONAL COMMUTER RAIL

Chestnut Hill East Line - 10.8 km - 19 stations between Temple University and Chestnut Hill East.

Chestnut Hill West Line - 11.3 km 16 stations between Temple University and Chestnut Hill West.

Cynwyd Line - 8.5 km - 5 stations between Philadelphia Suburban Station and Ivy Ridge.

Fox Chase Line - 11.1 km - 8 stations between Philadelphia 30th Street Station and Fox Chase.

Lansdale/Doylestown Line - 34.4 km - 27 stations between Philadelphia 30th Street Station and Doylestown.

Manayunk/Norristown Line - 17.2 km - 16 stations between Philadelphia 30th Street Station and Elm St, Norristown.

Media/Elwyn Line - 18.1 km - 19 stations between Temple University and Elwyn.

Paoli/Thorndale Line - 35.2 km - 26 stations between Temple University and Thorndale.

Trenton Line - 32.5 km - 13 stations between Temple University and Trenton.

Warminster Line - 20.1 km - 17 stations between University City and Warminster.

West Trenton Line - 32.5 km - 24 stations between University City and West Trenton.

Wilmington/Newark Line - 38.7 km - 22 stations between University City and Wilmington.

LIBERTY BELL, LIBERTY BELL CENTER,

INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK

AIR

Philadelphia is served by the Philadelphia International Airport. The airport is served by railway stations at all of it's terminal buildings which use the Airport Line rail service.

The train runs daily, every thirty minutes between between 05.00 hours and 00.00 hours and terminates at the Temple University, via downtown Philadelphia where it calls at the 30th Street Railway Station, located on the corner of 30th Street and Market Street, and the Suburban Railway Station located on 16th Street and JFK Boulevard.

Airport Line - 10 stations at Terminals E & F - Terminals C & D - Terminal B - Terminal A East/West - Eastwick - University City - 30th Street Station (Amtrak & New Jersey Transit services) - Suburban Station - Jefferson Station - Temple University.

RAIL & BUS

Philadelphia is served by the 30th Street Railway Station which is located on the corner of the city's 30th Street and Market Street.

The station provides several urban, regional and inter state bus services and is served by an Airport rail line, one line of the New Jersey Transit, two rapid transit commuter rail lines, five Subway - Surface trolley bus lines, twelve SEPTA regional commuter rail lines and the following eleven Amtrak services;

The Acela Express service which travels between Boston, Massachusetts and Washington D.C.

The Cardinal service which travels between NYC and Chicago in Illinois.

The Carolinian service which travels between NYC and Charlotte in North Carolina.

The Crescent service which travels between NYC and New Orleans in Louisiana.

The Keystone service which travels between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Harrisburg in Pennsylvania.

The Palmetto service which travels between NYC and Savannah in Georgia.

The Pennsylvanian service which travels between NYC and Pittsburg in Pennsylvania.

The Northeast Regional service which travels between Boston,Massachusetts and Lynchburg, in Virginia.

The Silver Star service which travels between NYC and Miami in Florida.

The Silver Meteor service which travels between NYC and Miami in Florida

The Vermonter which travels between St Albans, Vermont and Washington D.C.

SPORT

Philadelphia is served by three premier sports and entertainment centers -

The Citizens Bank Park - home of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Wells Fargo Center - home of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers.

All three venues can be accessed from the one railway station the A.T & T Railway Station which is located at the terminus of the Broad Street rapid transit commuter rail service.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.ridepatco.org

PHOENIX

Phoenix, Arizona

The city of Phoenix has a 32 kilometer long, elevated, light rail metro system which became operational in 2008. The system, known simply as the METRO, consists of one line with thirty two stations which follow the route of the main highway between the Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa areas.

The city also operates an airport shuttle service known as the PHX Sky Train, which runs between the nearby Sky Harbour International Airport and the 44th Street / Washington Transit Center.

METRO

Phoenix - 22 stations between Montebello / 19th Avenue and 44th Street / Washington Transit Center - (Tempe) - 9 stations between Priest / Washington and Price 101 / Apache - (Mesa) - 1 station - 1st Sycamore / Main.

CITY TRANSIT AREAS

City transit centers are located at

Van Buren / Central 1st Avenue Station, Phoenix.

44th Street / Washington Station, Phoenix.

Veterans Way / College Station in Tempe.

AIR

Phoenix is served by the Sky Harbour International Airport. The airport is served by it's own railway station at Level Three of Terminal 4, on the PHX Sky Train.

The Sky Train is free to use and runs a twenty four hour service between the airport and 44th Street / Washington Transit Center in downtown Phoenix, which is also accessed by the METRO.

The airport terminals and the West Parking area are linked by way of a free airport shuttle bus for transfers to the airport railway station.

BUS

The Phoenix long distance (Greyhound) bus station is located along East Buckeye Street, which is adjacent to the city airport. The station is best accessed by way of a taxi.

Local area buses can be caught from one of the city's transit areas, see list above.

SPORT

Phoenix is served by several sporting and entertainment venues including;

Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the US Airways Center, home of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Rattlers, both of which can be accessed by way of the Washington & 3rd Street Station on both the METRO and the Sky Train.

NOTE - Any event tickets for the US Airways Center automatically gives that ticket holder free travel on the city METRO.

The University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, is located in Glendale and is best accessed by taxi or private car.

You can access the system's website by visiting

www.valleymetro.org

PITTSBURGH

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The city of Pittsburgh has a 53.75 kilometer, light rail metro system known as the T, which became operational in 1985. The system consists of two lines which are served by sixty five stations.

FUNICULAR

Pittsburgh is also home to the United States' oldest, continuously working funicular railway, the Monongahela Funicular. The funicular is located along Mount Washington, which also goes by the name of Coal Hill, and consists of two stations, one located at West Carron Street and one at Grandview Avenue.

The funicular travels for 194 meters to a height of 112 meters and is located opposite the Station Square Railway Station on the T.

The south side of Mount Washington is also served by a funicular, the Duquesne Incline funicular, pictured below, which attains a height of 244 meters as it too makes it's way up to Grandview Avenue.

Image courtesy of Plastikspork, wikimedia commons

METRO

The two lines of the T follow the same route of eight stations between Allegheny and South Hills Junction.

The Blue Line then consists of eleven stations between South Hills Junction and Washington Junction before splitting into two branch lines with twelve stations between Washington Junction and Library and five stations between Washington Junction and South Hills Village.

The Red Line then consists of twenty four stations between South Hills Junction and South Hills Village.

AIR

Pittsburgh is served by the Pittsburgh International Airport. The airport is served by a free to use inter terminal, underground people mover. Transfers to downtown Pittsburgh can be taken by way of the # 28X Airport Flyer bus service, which departs from outside Door Six of the baggage claim area, every thirty minutes. The bus terminates at Oakland and travels via Station Square Transit Center Station, which is served by both lines of the T, a journey of around one hour.

RAIL

Pittsburgh is served by the Union Railway Station located along the city's Liberty Avenue. The station provides only two Amtrak services, the Capitol Limited service which travels between Chicago and Washington D.C and the Pennsylvanian service which travels between Pittsburgh and New York City.

BUS

Pittsburgh is served by two long distance bus stations, both of which are located near to one another and both of which are located near to the railway station.

The Greyhound bus station is located along the city's 11th Street and the Megabus coach station is located along the city's Penn Avenue, both of which are located just a short walk from the railway station on Liberty Avenue.

SPORT

Pittsburgh is served by three renowned sports and entertainment centres -

Heinz Field - home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, which can be accessed by Allegheny Station located on both lines of the T.

Consol Energy Center - home of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Power, which can be accessed by way of the Steel Plaza Transit Center Station which is located on both lines of the T.

PNC Park - home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, which can be accessed by way of the North Side Transit Center Station which is located on both lines of the T.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.portauthority.org

SACRAMENTO

Sacramento, California

The Californian state capital, Sacramento, has a 38.6 mile light rail, rapid transit system which became operational in 1987. The system consists of three lines which are served by sixty four stations.

Blue Line - 24 stations between Watt 1- 80 and Meadow View.

Yellow Line - 27 stations between Sacramento Valley Railway Station and Historic Folsom.

Green Line - 13 stations between 13th Street and 7th & Richards.

The above three lines connect at the city's 13th Street Station, Archives Plaza Station, 8th & O Station, 7th & Capitol Station and St Rose of Lena Park Station.

Image courtesy of Lensovet, wikimedia commons

AIR

Sacramento is served by the Sacramento International Airport. The airport is served by a regular shuttle bus, known as the Yolobus, for services into downtown Sacramento.The bus leaves from outside Terminal A and Terminal B about every ninety minutes between 05.31 hours and 10.22 hours. The bus calls at the 13th Street Railway Station which is served by all three lines of the metro.

RAIL

Sacramento is served by the Sacramento Railway Station located along the city's 5th Street. The station is served by the Yellow Line of the city metro and the following four Amtrak services;

The California Zephyr which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Emeryville in California.

The Capitol Corridor service which travels between Auburn, California and San Jose in California.

The Coast Starlight service which travels between Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles in California.

The San Joaquin service which travels between Sacramento and Bakersfield in California.

BUS

The city's long distance (Greyhound) bus station is located along the city's Richard's Boulevard, about four kilometers from downtown. The station is not served by the city metro.

SPORT

Sacramento's premier sports and events venue is the Sleep Train Arena, sometimes listed as the Arco Arena, home of the Sacramento Kings. The arena is not served by public transport so a taxi or private car is the preferred method of transportation to this venue.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.sacrt.com

SALT LAKE CITY

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City has a 56.5 kilometer light rail system known as the TRAX, which became operational in 1999. The system consists of three lines which are served by forty one stations.

Salt Lake City is also served by one commuter rail service known as the Front Runner and a small, electric tram route known as the S-Line.

TRAX

Blue Line - 21 stations between Salt Lake City Central Station and Draper Town Center.

Red Line - 25 stations between University Medical Center and Daybreak Parkway.

Green Line - 15 stations between Salt Lake City International Airport and West Valley City.

COMMUTER RAIL

Front Runner - 142 km - 16 stations between Pleasant View and Provo, via Murray Central Station where the service links with the Red Line and Blue Line of the TRAX and Guadeloupe Station where the service links with the Green Line of the TRAX.

TRAM

S-Line - 3.22 km - 7 stops between Central Pointe Station and Fairmont. The tram links with all three lines of the TRAX at the Central Pointe Station.

SALT LAKE TEMPLE

AIR

Salt Lake City is served by the Salt Lake City International Airport. The airport is served by it's own railway station at the south end of Terminal One which is served by the TRAX Green Line.

The train departs the airport station every fifteen minutes, or every twenty minutes at weekends, and terminates at West Valley City, via Salt Lake City Central Railway Station, which links with the Blue Line of the TRAX and the Front Runner commuter line.

RAIL & BUS

Salt Lake City is served by the Salt Lake City Intermodal Station located along the city's South 600 West. The station provides one commuter service known as the Front Runner, several Greyhound long distance bus services, the Blue Line of the TRAX and the Amtrak California Zephyr service, which travels between Chicago, Illinois and Emeryville in California.

SPORT

Salt Lake City's premier sports and entertainment venue is the Energy Solutions Arena, home of the Utah Jazz and Utah Blaze, which can be accessed by way of the south exit of Temple Square Station located on the Blue Line and the Green Line of the TRAX.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.rideuta.com

SAN DIEGO

San Diego, California

The city of San Diego has a street level light rail tram system, known as the San Diego Trolley, which became operational in 1981.The system consists of three lines which are served by sixty four stations.

The city is also served by the COASTER commuter rail service and a heritage tram line.

SAN DIEGO TROLLEY

Blue Line - 18.8 miles - 18 stations between America Plaza and San Ysidro. Yellow Line - 20.7 miles - 19 stations between El Cajon and Santa Fe.

Green Line - 19.3 miles - 27 stations between Santee Town and 12th & Imperial Transit Center.

The above three lines all connect at the 12th & Imperial Transit Center located along Imperial Avenue in the city's East Village area.

HERITAGE TRAM

Silver Line / Downtown Loop - 4.3 km - 9 stations at 12th & Imperial Transit Center - Gas Lamp Quarter - Convention Center - Seaport Village - America Plaza - Civic Center - Fifth Avenue - City College - Park & Market. (Limited service)

COMMUTER RAIL

COASTER - 8 stations between Union Station San Diego - Old Town San Diego - Sorrento Valley - Solana Beach - Encinitas - Carlsbad Poinsettia - Carlsbad Village - Oceanside Transit Centre.

THE STAR OF INDIA MUSEUM SHIP

AIR

San Diego is served by the San Diego International Airport. The airport is served by several bus services for transfers into downtown San Diego including bus # 992, which also serves the San Diego cruise ship terminal.

The bus departs all terminals about every half an hour or so between 05.13 hours and 23.29 hours on Mondays to Fridays and between 05.10 hours and 22.57 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

This bus also stops at City College in downtown San Diego which is served by the Blue Line and the Yellow Line of the San Diego Trolley.

RAIL

San Diego is served by the Union Railway Station located along the city's Kellner Boulevard. The station is served by the Green Line and the Yellow Line of the San Diego Trolley, the COASTER commuter rail line and the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service which travels between San Diego and San Luis Obispo in California.

BUS

San Diego's long distance (Greyhound) bus station is located along the city's National Avenue. The station is situated just a short walk from the 12th & Imperial Transit Center, which is further served by all three lines of the San Diego Trolley and the Silver Line heritage tram.

SPORT

San Diego's premier sports and entertainment center is the Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Charmers, which is served by it's own station on the Green Line of the San Diego Trolley.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.sdcommute.com

SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco, California

The city of San Francisco has a 166.9 kilometer underground, heavy rail, rapid transit system which became operational in 1972. The system is known as the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and consists of five lines which are served by forty four stations. Four of the lines, the red, green, blue and yellow, traverse the San Francisco Bay Area's Transbay Tunnel situated between Embarcadero Station in San Francisco and West Oakland Station in Oakland, a distance of 3.6 miles.

San Francisco is also served by the Muni Metro, an eight line, light rail streetcar system, which runs both at street level and underground, one of which includes the city's world famous heritage streetcars.

BART

The Green Line - 19 stations between Fremont and Daly City.

The Blue Line - 18 stations between Dublin / Pleasanton and Daly City.

The Yellow Line - 26 stations between Pittsburgh / Bay Point and Millbrae.

The Red Line - 23 stations between Richmond / Daly City and Millbrae.

The Orange Line - 18 stations between Richmond and Fremont.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.bart.gov

MUNI METRO

F - Heritage Line - 32 stations between Jones & Beach and 17th / Castro

J - Church Line - 25 stations between Embarcadero and Balboa Park.

K - Inglside Line - 21 stations between Embarcadero and Balboa Park.

L - Taraval Line - 29 stations between Embarcadero and 46th Avenue.

M - Ocean View Line - 26 stations between Embarcadero & San Jose and Geneva Balboa Park

N - Judah Line - 33 stations between 4th & King and Judah & La Raya.

T - Third Street Line - 30 stations between West Portal and Sunnydale.

S - Castro Shuttle - 7 stations between Embarcadero and Castro - This line also serves the AT&T Park, on match days only, by way of the Ball Park and Caltrain Station.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.sfmta.com

COMMUTER RAIL

Baby Bullet - 127 km - 32 stations between San Francisco 4th & King Street Station and Gilroy in Santa Clara County, via Redwood City and the city of San Jose.

SAN FRANCISCO'S FERRY BUILDING

AIR

San Francisco is served by two airports -

San Francisco International Airport - which is served by it's own railway station on the BART service. The station can be found on level three of the International Terminal and the train travels to Milbrae Station on the BART Yellow Line. Milbrae Station is also served by the BART Pink Line. For inter terminal transfers catch the free to use Air Train, which serves all of the airport's terminals.

Oakland International Airport - which is served by the Airport Connecter train service which travels to Oakland Coliseum Station which is served by the BART Yellow Line, Green Line and Blue Line.

RAIL

San Francisco is served by the 4th Street and King Street Railway Station located in the city's Mission Bay area. The railway station is served by the N - Judah Line, S - Castro Shuttle and the T - Third Street lines of the Muni Metro and the Caltrain Baby Bullet commuter service.

San Francisco's nearest Amtrak station is located along Horton Street in Emeryville near Oakland, and is served by the following four Amtrak lines;

The California Zephyr service which travels between Emeryville and Chicago in Illinois.

The Capitol Corridor service which travels between Auburn, California and San Jose in California.

The Coast Starlight service which travels between Los Angeles, California and Seattle in Washington.

The San Joquin service which travels between Bakersfield, California and the state capital of Sacramento.

FERRIES

San Francisco is served by two main ferry providers;

The San Francisco Bay Ferry which provides services between the city’s Ferry Building, Pier 41, Angel Island and Oyster Point Marina and Oakland in Alameda County - http://sanfranciscobayferry.com

The Golden Gate Ferry which provides ferry services between the city’s Ferry Building and Larkspur in Marin County and Sausalito in Marin County - http://goldengateferry.org

The above two ferries also provide special services to the A.T & T Park on match days.

San Francisco's Ferry Building is served by the Embarcadero Station located on the J, K, L and S lines of the Muni Metro.

SPORT

San Francisco is served by two renowned sports and entertainment centers -

Candlestick Park - home of the San Francisco 49ers, which is served by several shuttle bus services which are laid on from all over the city on match days.This stadium will be replaced by the Levi's Stadium in October 2014.

AT&T Park - home of the San Francisco Giants, which is served by the 2nd Street / Ball Park Station on the Muni Metro T Line and the AT&T Park / Caltrain Station, on Match days only, on the Muni Metro S Line.

SAN JOSE

San Jose, California

The city of San Jose and the surrounding Santa Clara Valley is served by a 42.2 mile light rail system which became operational in 1987. The system consists of three lines which are served by seventy seven stations, one light rail shuttle which covers the Silicone Valley area and two commuter rail services.

LIGHT RAIL

Line 900 - 3 stations between Ohlone and Chynoweth.

Line 901 - 36 stations between Santa Teresa and Alum Rock.

Line 902 - 38 stations between Mountain View and Winchester.

SILICON VALLEY SHUTTLE

The Hitachi Shuttle - From Rochester to Blossom Hill Caltrain Station.

COMMUTER RAIL

Baby Bullet - 127 km - 32 stations between San Francisco and Gilroy in Santa Clara County.

Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) - 138 km - 10 stations between San Jose and Stockton in San Joaquin County.

THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINT JOSEPH

AIR

San Jose is served by the Norman.Y. Mineta International Airport. The airport is served by a free to use bus service known as the Airport Flyer / #10, which travels between the airport and downtown Santa Clara via the Metro Airport Station, which is located between the city's 1st Street and Metro Drive, which is served by lines 900 and 901 of the city light rail service. The bus operates daily between 05.29 hours and 23.26 hours.

RAIL

San Jose is served by the Diridon Railway Station located along the city's Cahil Street.

The station is served by the 902 light rail service, the Baby Bullet and ACE commuter rail services and the following two Amtrak services;

The Coast Starlight service which travels between between Los Angeles and Seattle in Washington

The Capitol Corridor service which travels between San Jose and Auburn in California.

BUS

San Jose's long distance (Greyhound) bus station is located along the city's Almaden Street.

SPORT

San Jose's premier sports and entertainment center is the Spartan's Stadium, home of the San Jose State University Spartans, which is best accessed by private car or taxi.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.vta.org

SEATTLE

Seattle, Washington

The city of Seattle has a 27.7 kilometer light rail system, known as the Link, which became operational in 2009. The system consists of two lines which is served by nineteen stations.

The Link operates daily from 05.00 hours - 22.00 hours on Mondays to Fridays, from 07.48 hours - 22.00 hours on Saturdays and from 09.48 hours - 17.48 hours on Sundays.

Seattle is also served by two commuter rail services, two international rail services (To Canada) and a city centre monorail.

THE LINK

Central Link - 25.1 km - 12 stations - Westlake Station - University Street - Pioneer Square - International District / China Town - Stadium - SODO - Beacon Hill - Mount Baker - Columbia City - Othello - Rainer Beach - Tukwila International Boulevard - SeaTac International Airport.

The line's Westlake Station is served by a commuter rail station, a bus station and the Seattle Center Monorail, which travels for one mile along the city's Fifth Avenue.

Tacoma Link - 2.6 km - 6 stations at Tacoma Dome Station - South 25th Street - Union Station / South 19th Street - Convention Center / South 15th Street - Commerce Street / South 11th Street - South 9th Street / Theater District. (This is a free to use system)

COMMUTER RAIL

Sounder North Line - 56 km - 4 stations between Seattle King Street Station and Everitt.

Sounder South Line - 78 km - 8 stations between Seattle King Street Station and Lakewood.

MONORAIL

1.54 km - 2 stations at Seattle Center and Westlake Center.

THE SEATTLE MONORAIL

Image courtesy of Nevermind2, wikimedia commons.

AIR

Seattle is served by the SeaTac International Airport which is also served by it's own railway station at the terminus of the Central Link.

For transfers into downtown Seattle the Central Link operates daily from 05.00 hours - 22.00 hours on Mondays to Fridays, from 07.48 hours - 22.00 hours on Saturdays and from 09.48 hours - 17.48 hours on Sundays.

RAIL

Seattle is served by the King Street Railway Station. The station provides services on the Central Link service, the Coastal Passage - Rocky Mountaineer service between Seattle and Banff in Canada and the following three Amtrak lines;

The Coast Starlight service which travels between Los Angeles, California and Seattle in Washington

The Cascades service which travels between Eugene in Washington and Vancouver in British Columbia in Canada.

The Empire Builder service which travels between Seattle and Chicago in Illinois.

BUS

Seattle's long distance (Greyhound) bus station is located at the Stadium Link station located along the city's South Royal Brougham Way. The station is served by the city's Central Link line.

FERRIES

Washington State provides the largest number of ferries of any state in the U.S.A. For more information about the many ferry services on offer please visit - www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

SPORT

Seattle is served by two premier sports and entertainment centres.

Century Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and the Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, both of which can be accessed by way of the Stadium Station located on the Central Link.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.soundtransit.org

ST LOUIS

St Louis, Missouri.

The city of St Louis has a 73.4 kilometer light rail system known as the Metrolink, which became operational in 1993.

This inter - state network, which crosses the state border into neighbouring Illinois, consists of two lines which are served by thirty seven stations.

METROLINK

Red Line - 28 stations (17 in Missouri and 11 in Illinois) between Lambert Scott Airport in Missouri.and Shiloh Scott in Illinois.

Blue line - 24 stations (18 in Missouri and 6 in Illinois) between Shrewsbury Landsdowne 1- 44 in Missouri and Fairview Heights in Illinois.

Both lines of the MetroLink are served by a station at the city's Union Railway Station.

AIR

St Louis is served by the Lambert St Louis International Airport. The airport is served by a railway station at both of it's terminals, which are served by both lines of the MetroLink.

RAIL & BUS

St Louis is served by the Union Railway Station located along the city's Market Street. Once one of the busiest railway stations in America today the station, which has now been converted into a hotel, entertainment center and shopping mall, now only provides services on the MetroLink.

Today St Louis's largest transit center is the Gateway Intermodal Center located along the city's South 15th Street. The station is served by several local, regional and long distance bus services, the Red Line and the Blue Line of the Metrolink and the following three Amtrak services;

The Missouri River Runner which travels between St Louis and Kansas City in Missouri.

The Lincoln service which travels between St Louis and Chicago in Illinois.

The Texas Eagle service which travels between Chicago, Illinois and San Antonio in Texas.

SPORT

St Louis' premier sports and entertainment venue is the Busch Stadium, home of the St Louis Cardinals, which is served by the Stadium Station located on both lines of the the MetroLink.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.metrostlouis.org

WASHINGTON D.C

Washington D.C

The United States capital city, Washington D.C, has a 171.1 kilometer rapid transit system, eighty kilometers of which is underground, which became operational in 1976. The system consists of five lines which are served by eighty five stations.

The system's Wheaton Street Station, located on the Red Line, is home to the world's longest subway system escalator, which consists of two seventy meter long stairways one above the other, making it 140 meters in all, which take a staggering three minutes to ride.

The city is also served by five commuter rail lines.

SUBWAY

Red Line - 31.9 miles - 27 stations between Shady Grove and Glenmont.

Blue Line - 30.3 miles - 27 stations between Franconia Springfield and Largo Town Centre.

Orange Line - 26.4 miles - 26 stations between Vienna and New Carrollton.

Yellow Line - 15.7 miles - 17 stations between Huntington and Fort Tatton - Mount Vernon Square (Peak time service only)

Green Line - 23.4 miles - 21 stations between Branch Avenue and Green Belt.

Silver Line - 23 miles - 29 stations between Route 772 and Stadium Armory via Dulles International Airport - (Opens in 2018)

COMMUTER RAIL

Washington is also served by the MARC, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter service, an interstate service which links Washington DC's Union Station with the state of Maryland and the state of West Virginia by way of the following three lines;

The Brunswick Line - 74 miles / 119 km - 19 stations between Washington DC and Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The Camden Line - 39 miles / 63 km - 12 stations between Washington DC and Baltimore, Maryland, Camden Station.

The Penn Line - 77 miles / 124 km - 13 stations between Washington DC and Perryville, Maryland.

Washington DC is also served by the VRE - the Virginia Railway Express, a two line commuter service which links the city with the state of Virginia.The service consists of the following two lines;

The Fredricksburg Line - 54 miles - 12 stations between Washington DC, Union Station and Fredricksburg, Virginia.

The Manassas Line - 35 miles - 6 stations between Washington DC, Union Station and Broad Run, Manassas Regional Airport, Virginia.

THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE

AIR

Washington D.C is served by the Dulles International Airport. The airport is served by the Metrobus Express # 5 and # 5A for transfers into downtown Washington. The bus operates a daily service between 05.50 hours and 11.40 hours and departs around every half an hour or so from the airport's Curb 2E.

The bus terminates at the L'Enfant metro station which is served by both the Orange Line and the Blue Line of the subway.

RAIL & BUS

Washington DC's Union Station is located along the city's Massachusetts Avenue. This vast and ornate city landmark is served by several rail lines including the Red Line of the city subway, two Virginia Railway Express lines, three Maryland Area Regional Commuter lines and the following ten Amtrak lines.

The Acela service which travels between Washington DC and Boston, Massachusetts.

The Capitol Limited service which travels between Washington D.C and Chicago, Illinois.

The Cardinal service which travels between NYC and Chicago, Illinois.

The Carolinian service which travels between NYC and Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Crescent service which travels between NYC and New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Northeast service which travels between Boston, Massachusetts and Norfolk, Virginia.

The Palmetto service which travels between NYC and Savannah, Georgia.

The Silver Meteor service which travels between NYC and Miami, Florida.

The Silver Star service which travels between NYC and Miami, Florida.

The Vermonter which travels between Washington DC and St Albans, Vermont.

The station is also linked to the Union Bus Station which provides several local and inter state bus services.

You can access the metro website by visiting

www.wmata.com

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