Table 4-14 Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause

Table 4-14 Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause

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  2003 2004 2005 2006
On-time performance        
Total (weighted) 73.9% 70.7% 69.8% 67.8%
Short distance (<400 miles)a 77.7% 75.2% 73.6% 72.8%
Long distance (>400 miles) 50.3% 40.7% 42.1% 29.9%
Hours of delay by cause        
Amtrakb 25,711 28,328 25,549 23,967
Host railroadc 57,346 61,256 64,097 71,388
Otherd 5,355 5,577 5,613 6,166
Totale 88,413 95,162 95,260 101,522

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:

The ranges of short and long distance operating miles are changed in this report. Short distance equals <=400 miles, and long distance equals > 400 miles

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, November 2006.