World Metro and Automated metro latest figures

November 2015

In 2014 an average of 160 million passenger journeys were done every day in the 157 cities with a metro network. In tandem with the increase in the worldwide urban population, metro networks have been expanding at a remarkable pace. Approximately 40% of the 11,300 km of metro track infrastructure have been put into operation since 2000. During 2014 new systems were inaugurated in Salvador (Brazil), Changsha, Ningbo and Wuxi (China), Mumbai (India), Shiraz (Iran) and Panama City (Panama).

More details about metro systems worldwide can be found in the freely available Statistics Brief below. The publication also looks provides data on metro automation, whereby the entire train operation is supervised via train control systems, rather than staff on board. 35 cities operate at least one of the lines of their metro network as automated lines, with a total length of 732 km. This section is based on the work of the Observatory of Automated Metros.

The worldwide metro ridership and infrastructure data is included in a database compiled by UITP. As part of their service package benefits, UITP Advantage and Premium member companies can access this database freely via the Mobi+ online library.

Standard UITP members and non-members may purchase the database for a fee of €50 or €100 respectively by contacting Doriano ANGOTZI, Membership Project Manager, at doriano.angotzi(at)


  • Miryam Hernandez, UITP Manager of the Metro Division miryam.hernandez(at)
  • Mircea Steriu, UITP Statistics Manager, mircea.steriu(at)

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