Table 1-73: Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause

Table 1-73: 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 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
On-time performance, total percent (weighted) 69.0 81.0 76.0 77.0 77.0 72.0 72.0 76.0 71.0 74.0 79.0 79.0 78.2 75.1 76.1 74.1 70.7 69.8 67.8 68.6 71.2 80.4 79.7 78.1 83.0
Short distance (<400 miles), percent 71.0 82.0 82.0 82.0 82.0 79.0 78.0 81.0 76.0 79.0 81.0 80.0 82.0 78.7 79.7 77.1 75.2 73.6 72.8 72.2 73.6 (R) 81.0 (R) 80.3 79.8 84.5
Long distance (>=400 miles), percent 64.0 78.0 53.0 59.0 61.0 47.0 49.0 57.0 49.0 53.0 59.0 54.6 55.0 52.1 51.6 52.8 40.7 42.1 29.9 39.5 52.0 (R) 75.0 (R) 74.7 63.6 70.7
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 94,566 79,304 79,976 86,021 79,235
Amtrakb 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 23,223 21,813 23,404 26,121 21,384
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 64,724 46,842 44,090 48,707 46,564
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 6,618 10,648 12,482 11,192 11,286


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 immigration, 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 trains are considered on time if arrival at the endpoint is within the minutes of scheduled arrival time as shown on the following chart. Trip length is based on the total distance traveled by that train from origin to destination:

Trip length (miles) Minutes late at endpoint
0–250 10 or less
251–350 15 or less
351–450 20 or less
451–550 25 or less
> 551 30 or less

 

SOURCES:

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

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

2000-12: Amtrak, personal communications, October 2010, October 2011 and December 2012.