Table 1-67: Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause

Table 1-67: 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 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
On-time performance, total percent (weighted) 69 81 76 77 77 72 72 76 71 74 79 79 78 75 76 74 71 70 68 69
Short distance (<400 miles), percent 71 82 82 82 82 79 78 81 76 79 81 80 82 79 80 77 (R) 75 (R) 74 (R) 73 72
Long distance (>=400 miles), percent 64 78 53 59 61 47 49 57 49 53 59 55 55 52 52 53 (R) 41 (R) 42 (R) 30 40
Hours of delay by cause, totala N N 12,126 21,084 22,847 32,991 34,729 25,248 25,056 25,825 27,289 29,252 70,396 83,837 85,932 88,413 95,162 95,259 101,522 101,655
Amtrak,b N N 3,565 5,915 6,433 8,488 8,538 5,527 5,193 5,310 4,796 4,891 23,337 27,822 26,575 25,711 28,328 25,549 23,968 22,902
Host railroadc N N 4,244 7,743 8,229 12,827 14,319 11,224 11,438 12,904 14,202 16,158 43,881 52,273 55,090 57,346 61,256 64,097 71,387 72,565
Otherd N N 4,316 7,426 8,185 11,675 11,871 8,497 8,425 7,611 8,291 8,203 3,176 3,741 4,266 5,355 5,577 5,613 6,166 6,187

KEY: N = data do not exist; R = revised.

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

b Includes all delays that occur when operating on Amtrak owned tracks and all delays for equipment or engine failure, passenger handling, holding for connections, train servicing, and mail/baggage handling when on tracks of a host railroad.

c Includes all operating delays not attributable to Amtrak when operating on tracks of a host railroad, such as track and signal related delays, power failures, freight and commuter train interference, routing delays, etc.

d Includes delays not attributable to Amtrak or other host railroads, such as customs and immigrations, law enforcement action, weather, or waiting for scheduled departure time.

NOTES

Host railroad is a freight or commuter railroad over which Amtrak trains operate for all or part of their trip.

Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

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:

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

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

2000-07: Amtrak, personal communication, as of September 2008.