4-13 Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause: 2005-2008

4-13 Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause: 2005-2008

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  2005 2006 2007 2008
On-time performance        
Total (weighted) 69.8% 67.8% 68.6% 71.2%
Short distance (<400 miles)a 73.6% 72.8% 72.2% 73.6%
Long distance (>400 miles) 42.1% 29.9% 39.5% 52.0%
Hours of delay by cause        
Amtrakb 25,549 23,968 22,902 23,223
Host railroadc 64,097 71,387 72,565 64,724
Otherd 5,613 6,166 6,187 6,618
Totale 95,260 101,522 101,655 94,566

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 immigration, 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 trips.


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 2008.