Table 1-63: Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause

Table 1-63: Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause

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  1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
On-time performance, total % (weighted) 69 81 76 77 77 72 72 76 71 74 79 79 78
Short distance (<400 miles) 71 82 82 82 82 79 78 81 76 79 81 80 81
Long distance (>=400 miles) 64 78 53 59 61 a47 49 57 49 53 59 61 56
Hours of delay by causea                          
Amtrakb N N 3,565 5,915 6,433 8,488 8,538 5,527 5,193 5,310 4,796 4,891 20,187
Freightc N N 4,244 7,743 8,229 12,827 14,319 11,224 11,438 12,904 14,202 16,158 33,718
Otherd N N 4,316 7,426 8,185 11,675 11,871 8,497 8,425 7,611 8,291 8,203 14,718
Totale N N 12,126 21,084 22,847 32,991 34,729 25,248 25,056 25,825 27,289 29,252 68,623

KEY: N = data do not exist.

a Beginning in 2000, the significant increase in hours of delay is the result of including the hours of delay from both Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and operations on contract railroads. The data also reflects the addition of several delay categories. Therefore, pre-2000 data may not be comparable to data from 2000 and subsequent years.

b Amtrak delays include equipment malfunctions, train servicing in stations, and passenger-related delays.

c Freight delays include maintenance of way/slow orders, freight train interference, and signal delays.

d Other delays include passenger train interference, waiting for connections, running time, weather-related delays, and miscellaneous.

e Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

NOTES: All percentages are based on Amtrak's fiscal year (October 1-September 30).

Amtrak trips are considered delayed based on the following chart:

Trip length (miles) Delayed departure time (minutes)
0-250 10
251-350 15
351-450 20
451-550 25
>551 30

SOURCES:

On-time performance:

1980: Amtrak, National Railroad Passenger Corporation Annual Report (Washington, DC: 1981).

1985-2000: Ibid., Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual issues).

Hours of Delay:

1980: Amtrak, National Railroad Passenger Corporation Annual Report (Washington, DC: 1981).

1985-99: Ibid., Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual issues).

2000: Amtrak, personal communication, Dec. 4, 2001.