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A complete listing of Light Rail, Light Railway, Tramway & Metro systems throughout the World
 

This world systems list prepared by Michael Taplin, International News Editor was first published as an 8 page supplement to Light Rail & Modern Tramway in October 1997. It was brought up to date and corrected for this website version. It has now been revised as per the revision list below. There is also an index (below) which will take you directly to the country you are interested in. My thanks to Michael Taplin for producing this mammoth list and for updating it. He is keen to keep it up to date too, so please e-mail him if you know of any additions, deletions or amendments (see bottom of page for e-mail post box).

This list sets out all the passenger-carrying tramway, light railway and metro systems in the world excluding airport shuttles, commuter/mainline rail, entertainment parks and funiculars. Classification always brings areas of doubt, particularly in countries such as Japan and Switzerland where clear dividing lines just do not exist.

Update Record
Mod.DateRemarks
 March 2006Revised and simplified
1May 2006 France,  
2August 2006 Australia,  
3October 2006 Poland,  
4February 2007 Argentina, China, France, Netherlands, Spain,  
5December 2009 Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea North, Luxembourg, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Viet Nam,  
6February 2012 Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea South, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam,  
7March 2013 Algeria, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, France, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kazakstan, Korea South, Mauritius, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States,  

Index of Countries + Totals for each Country

Please Note: Use the index below to speedily access the details for the country you are seeking - just click on the country name. The index also shows totals for each type of system. The list has been corrected up to date - but undetected errors may have crept in during conversion and also the world moves on - if you know of changes which should be made - please tell us - Click here to send information

Systems are listed by country - click on country name to select
Number shows open systems (Items in brackets uc = under construction; p = planned/proposed; s = suspended)
Mod.CountryNo. of MetrosLight railTramwaysLight RailwaysHeritage tramOther
Algeria (DZ)    1 ( 2uc 4p )       
Argentina (AR)  1 ( 1p )    3 ( 1s )   
Armenia (AM)           
Aruba (AW)           
Australia (AU)      3 ( 1uc )   
Austria (AT)     
  Azerbaijan (AZ)           
Belarus (BY)       
Belgium (BE)  ( 1uc )  5 ( 1uc )     
  Bosnia And Herzegovina (BA)           
Brazil (BR)  7 ( 2uc )  3 ( 2uc )  3 ( 1s )  ( 2uc ) 
  Bulgaria (BG)         
Canada (CA)  3 ( 2uc 1p )  1 ( 1s )     
Chile (CL)         
China (CN)  19 ( 12uc )  3 ( 3uc )   
Colombia (CO)  1 ( 1p )           
  Croatia (HR)           
  Cuba (CU)           
  Czech Republic (CZ)  ( 1p )       
Denmark (DK)  ( 1p )  ( 1uc )       
Dominican Republic (DO)           
  Egypt (EG)         
  Estonia (EE)           
Ethiopia (ET)      ( 1uc )       
Finland (FI)    1 ( 1p )       
France (FR)  6 ( 1uc 2p )  22 ( 2uc 2p )    4 ( 2uc ) 
  Georgia (GE)           
Germany (DE)  10  56 
  Greece (GR)  1 ( 1uc )         
  Hungary (HU)       
India (IN)  5 ( 1uc 2p )        ( 1uc ) 
Indonesia (ID)            ( 1s ) 
Iran (IR)  2 ( 1uc )           
Iraq (IQ)  ( 2p )           
Ireland (IE)  ( 1p )         
Israel (IL)      1 ( 1p )       
Italy (IT)  11 ( 1uc )  10   
Japan (JP)  18  15  41   
Kazakstan (KZ)    4 ( 1uc )       
Korea North (KP)         
Korea South (KR)  7 ( 1uc )           
  Latvia (LV)           
Luxembourg (LU)    ( 1p )         
  Malaysia (MY)       
Mauritius (MU)      ( 1p )       
  Mexico (MX)       
Morocco (MA)           
Netherlands (NL)     
New Zealand (NZ)          1 ( 1p 1s )   
Nigeria (NG)  ( 2p )           
Norway (NO)       
Panama (PA)  ( 1uc )           
  Peru (PE)         
  Philippines (PH)           
Poland (PL)    14 ( 1uc )     
Portugal (PT)  2 ( 1p )     
  Puerto Rico (PR)           
Qatar (QA)      ( 1uc )       
Romania (RO)    12       
Russian Federation (RU)  6 ( 2uc )  2 ( 1uc 1p )  63     
Saudi Arabia (SA)         
  Serbia (RS)           
Singapore (SG)         
Slovakia (SK)       
South Africa (ZA)           
Spain (ES)  8 ( 1uc )  3 ( 4uc )  11 ( 1p 2s )  1 ( 1s )   
  Sweden (SE)   
Switzerland (CH)  10 ( 1p )  38     
Taiwan (TW)  2 ( 1uc )    ( 2uc )       
Thailand (TH)  1 ( 1p )           
  Tunisia (TN)         
Turkey (TR)     
  Ukraine (UA)  23       
United Arab Emirates (AE)  1 ( 1p )    ( 1uc 1p )     
United Kingdom (GB)  3 ( 1uc 1p )  9 ( 1uc 1s ) 
United States (US)  18 ( 1uc )  27 ( 1uc )  7 ( 7uc 9p )    19 ( 1p 3s ) 
  Uzbekistan (UZ)         
Venezuela (VE)         
Viet Nam (VN)  ( 2p )          ( 1p ) 
  MetrosLight railTramwaysLight RailwaysHeritage tramOther
  World Totals (79 Countries) 162 ( 24uc 13p )  94 ( 11uc 9p )  342 ( 28uc 21p 4s )  120  60 ( 2p 7s )  32 ( 5uc 1p 1s ) 

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