Table 1-66: Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause

Table 1-66: Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause

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  1980 1985 1990 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
On-time performance, total percent (weighted) 69% 81% 76% 76% 71% 74% 79% 79% 78%
Short distance (<400 miles), percent 71% 82% 82% 81% 76% 79% 81% 80% 81%
Long distance (>=400 miles), percent 64% 78% 53% 57% 49% 53% 59% 61% 56%
Hours of delay by cause, total N N 12,126 25,248 25,056 25,825 27,289 29,252 68,623
Amtraka,b N N 3,565 5,527 5,193 5,310 4,796 4,891 20,187
Freightc N N 4,244 11,224 11,438 12,904 14,202 16,158 33,718
Otherd N N 4,316 8,497 8,425 7,611 8,291 8,203 14,718

KEY: N = data do not exist.

a Amtrak changed its method for reporting delays in 2000. Therefore, 2000 data are not comparable with prior 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.

NOTES

Numbers may not add to totals due to roundings.

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.