# Transport > Railways Stats: compare key data on Japan & United States

#### Definitions

• Goods transported > Million ton-km: Goods transported by railway are the volume of goods transported by railway, measured in metric tons times kilometers traveled."
• Passengers carried > Million passenger-km: Passengers carried by railway are the number of passengers transported by rail times kilometers traveled.
• Rail lines > Total route-km: Rail lines (total route-km). Rail lines are the length of railway route available for train service, irrespective of the number of parallel tracks.
• Rail lines > Total route-km per million: Rail lines (total route-km). Rail lines are the length of railway route available for train service, irrespective of the number of parallel tracks. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
• Railways, goods transported > Million ton-km: Railways, goods transported (million ton-km). Goods transported by railway are the volume of goods transported by railway, measured in metric tons times kilometers traveled.
• Railways, goods transported > Million ton-km per 1000: Railways, goods transported (million ton-km). Goods transported by railway are the volume of goods transported by railway, measured in metric tons times kilometers traveled. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
• Railways, passengers carried > Million passenger-km: Railways, passengers carried (million passenger-km). Passengers carried by railway are the number of passengers transported by rail times kilometers traveled.
• Railways, passengers carried > Million passenger-km per million: Railways, passengers carried (million passenger-km). Passengers carried by railway are the number of passengers transported by rail times kilometers traveled. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
• Standard gauge: This entry states the total route length of the railway network and of its component parts by gauge: broad, dual, narrow, standard, and other.
Standard gauge=1.435-m gauge
• Standard gauge > Per \$ GDP: This entry states the total route length of the railway network and of its component parts by gauge: broad, dual, narrow, standard, and other.
Standard gauge=1.435-m gauge Per \$ GDP figures expressed per 1 billion \$ gross domestic product.
• Standard gauge per million: This entry states the total route length of the railway network and of its component parts by gauge: broad, dual, narrow, standard, and other.
Standard gauge=1.435-m gauge. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
• Total: This entry states the total route length of the railway network and of its component parts by gauge: broad, dual, narrow, standard, and other.
• Total > Per \$ GDP: This entry states the total route length of the railway network and of its component parts by gauge: broad, dual, narrow, standard, and other. Per \$ GDP figures expressed per 1 billion \$ gross domestic product.
• Total > Per capita: This entry states the total route length of the railway network and of its component parts by gauge: broad, dual, narrow, standard, and other. Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
• Total per million: This entry states the total route length of the railway network and of its component parts by gauge: broad, dual, narrow, standard, and other. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
STAT Japan United States HISTORY
Goods transported > Million ton-km 23,032
Ranked 16th.
2.79 million
Ranked 1st. 121 times more than Japan

Passengers carried > Million passenger-km 255,865
Ranked 3rd. 26 times more than United States
9,935
Ranked 20th.

Rail lines > Total route-km 20,035
Ranked 15th.
228,513
Ranked 2nd. 11 times more than Japan

Rail lines > Total route-km per million 156.75
Ranked 54th.
733.38
Ranked 9th. 5 times more than Japan

Railways, goods transported > Million ton-km 20,255
Ranked 18th.
2.52 million
Ranked 2nd. 125 times more than Japan

Railways, goods transported > Million ton-km per 1000 0.158
Ranked 52nd.
8.1
Ranked 4th. 51 times more than Japan

Railways, passengers carried > Million passenger-km 244,591
Ranked 3rd. 26 times more than United States
9,518
Ranked 23th.

Railways, passengers carried > Million passenger-km per million 1,913.6
Ranked 2nd. 63 times more than United States
30.55
Ranked 63th.

Standard gauge 4,251 km
Ranked 11th.
224,792 km
Ranked 1st. 53 times more than Japan

Standard gauge > Per \$ GDP 0.738 km per \$1 billion of GD
Ranked 51st.
18.25 km per \$1 billion of GD
Ranked 29th. 25 times more than Japan

Standard gauge per million 31.19 km
Ranked 7th.
751.67 km
Ranked 1st. 24 times more than Japan

Total 27,182 km
Ranked 11th.
224,792 km
Ranked 1st. 8 times more than Japan

Total > Per \$ GDP 5.41 km per \$1 billion of GD
Ranked 113th.
18.25 km per \$1 billion of GD
Ranked 96th. 3 times more than Japan

Total > Per capita 0.184 km per 1,000 people
Ranked 60th.
0.752 km per 1,000 people
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than Japan

Total per million 207.24 km
Ranked 8th.
751.67 km
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than Japan

SOURCES: World Bank, Transportation, Water, and Urban Development Department, Transport Division.; World Bank, Transportation, Water, and Information and Communications Technologies Department, Transport Division.; World Bank, Transportation, Water, and Information and Communications Technologies Department, Transport Division. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.

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