How The MTA Stacks Up Next To Other US Cities' Mass Transit

<p>Pressured by a $143 million budget cut, NYC's very own MTA is <a href="">poised to hike its fares</a>, hoping to reap $425 million from each year. Public hearings will begin in September, before the final plan will be voted on in October.</p>

<p>Nearly 16,000 bus stops and this swanky <em>Blade Runner</em>-esque Metro Rail are responsible for covering LA's sprawling 500 sq. miles. Some would argue that the Orange Line, a dedicated busway, would be the honorable 6th rail line.</p>

<p>After NYC and DC, the Chicago "L" is third busiest rail transit system in the U.S. Two of its lines offer 24/7 service, a godsend in a city with a metro area nearly as large as NYC and LA's put together.</p>

<p>The DC Metro, <a href="">which also recently hiked its fares</a>, actually does not issue a flat ride fee, as it depends on distance, time of day, and type of farecard used. Its weekly unlimited card price of $47 marks it as the most expensive, meaning a month's worth would cost $188.</p>

<p>The "T" in Boston is the hugest consumer of electricity and the second-largest land owner in Massachusetts. Its subway isn't really impressive, but its 740 miles of bus routes for a mere 80-sq.-mile city are. $59 a month for subway travel is a real steal, though.</p>

<p>Of Philly's eleven main rail lines, eight are track trolleys. SEPTA and Boston's MBTA are the only U.S. transit agencies to offer all five major types of transit: regional rail, heavy rapid transit, light rail, electric trolleybuses, and motor buses.</p>

<p>Here's a chart showing different aspects of the transit systems (note: we didn't include SF's Bart and MUNI because they are separate systems). We used the transit system' websites and Wikipedia for these details, but if you can clarify any points, please let us know in comments; we'll update the chart.</p>