Why don’t more U.S. cities have metro systems like New York?



The subway was my favorite part of living New York. The New York subway has more stations than any other metro system in the world (472), meaning I could just pop up just about anywhere in the city and live there entirely without a car. It was great. When I moved away, I couldn’t help but wonder — why do so few U.S. cities have subways?

Resources on this topic:

How Much Does Rail Transit Cost to Build and Operate:
https://www.thoughtco.com/rail-transit-projects-costs-2798796

Urban Densities and Transit: A Multi-dimensional Perspective:
http://www.its.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/publications/UCB/2011/VWP/UCB-ITS-VWP-2011-6.pdf

Loo, B. P. Y., & Cheng, A. H. T. (2010). Are there useful yardsticks of population size and income level for building metro systems? Some worldwide evidence. Cities, 27(5), 299–306.

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New York MTA
– Oregon Department of Transportation
– Trimet
– Virginia Department of Transportation

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