World Metro Figures - 2013

October 2014
  • Modes & capacity increases

By the end of 2013, 148 cities worldwide had a metro system, with approximately 150 million passenger trips being made on a daily basis. With more and more people living in cities and urban areas worldwide – almost 60% of the world’s population is due to live in urban areas by 2025 – the growth of metro systems has been impressive, with 45 cities across the world opening new systems after 2000.
From an infrastructure point of view, 11,000 kilometres of infrastructure and 9,000 stations are used to serve the nearly 540 lines in operation.

More details about metro systems worldwide can be found in the freely available Statistics Brief below. The Brief details the busiest metro systems, as well as those with the longest infrastructure. Furthermore, the document presents the rates of connectivity provision in metro stations – either via wireless broadband or mobile data – which were extracted from a comprehensive report on connectivity in 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 by clicking here.

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)

Contact: Mircea STERIU, Statistics Manager, mircea.steriu(at)

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