Table 18 Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause

Table 18 Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause

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  2000 2001 2002 2003
On-time performance        
Total (weighted) 78% 75% 76% 74%
Short distance (<400 miles)a R82% 79% 80% 77%
Long distance (>=400 miles) R55% 52% 52% 53%
Hours of delay by cause        
Amtrakb R23,337 27,822 26,575 25,711
Host railroadc R43,881 52,273 55,090 57,346
Otherd R3,176 3,741 4,266 5,355
Totale R70,396 83,837 85,932 88,413

a Includes all Amtrak Northeast Corridor and Empire Service (New York state) trains.

b Includes all delays when operating on Amtrak-owned tracks, and 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 (e.g., track- and signal-related delays, power failures, freight and commuter train interference, routing delays).

d Includes delays not attributable to Amtrak or host railroads, (e.g., customs and immigrations, law enforcement action, weather, or waiting for scheduled departure time).

e Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

Notes: All percentages are based on Amtrak's fiscal year (Oct. 1-Sept. 30). Host railroad is a freight or commuter railroad over which many Amtrak trains operate for all or part of their trip.

Key: R = revised.

Amtrak trips are considered delayed based on the following chart:

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

Source: Amtrak, personal communication, October 2003.