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Amtrak's Long-Distance Train Performance

April 2017

For the month of April 2017, the Bull Sheet has calculated that 31 percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their final destination on time or earlier.

The average arrival of all long-distance trains in the survey period was 52 minutes late.

The average arrival of the 69 percent of trains that were behind schedule was one hour and 16 minutes late.

A train is considered late whenever it arrives at its final destination behind schedule, even if only by a minute. Sufficient padding is incorporated into long-distance train schedules to eliminate the need for grace allowances in showing a train arriving on time when it is actually nominally late.

Trains arriving ahead of schedule are shown 'on time,' with no extra credit given to offset other arrivals that are late. Trains that are canceled, truncated, referred by Amtrak as 'service disrupted,' or provided unreliable data are typically excluded.

This survey was compiled by the Bull Sheet's statistical department comprehending actual performance as reported for each affected train on Amtrak's website.

Individual train performance over the course of the month of April 2017 was as follows:

 Train

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 Auto Train

 14 %

 1 hour, 52 mins late

 2 hours, 9 mins late

 California Zephyr

 43 %

 1 hour, 8 mins late

 2 hours, 1 min late

 Capitol Limited

 17 %

 59 mins late

 1 hour, 11 mins late

 Cardinal

 62 %

 12 mins late

 31 mins late

 Carolinian

 11 %

 1 hour, 4 mins late

 1 hour, 12 mins late

 City of New Orleans

 31 %

 46 mins late

 1 hour, 6 mins late

 Coast Starlight

 51 %

 35 mins late

 1 hour, 12 mins late

 Crescent

 7 %

 1 hour, 23 mins late

 1 hour, 29 mins late

 Empire Builder

 55 %

 20 mins late

 44 mins late

 Lake Shore Limited

 16 %

 52 mins late

 1 hour, 2 mins late

 Maple Leaf

 51 %

 9 mins late

 18 mins late

 Palmetto

 13 %

 54 mins late

 1 hour, 2 mins late

 Silver Meteor

 19 %

 1 hour, 2 mins late

 1 hour, 16 mins late

 Silver Star

 17 %

 1 hour, 8 mins late

 1 hour, 21 mins late

 Southwest Chief

 35 %

 1 hour, 10 mins late

 1 hour, 47 mins late

 Sunset Limited

 60 %

 26 mins late

 1 hour, 5 mins late

 Texas Eagle

 56 %

 47 mins late

 1 hour, 47 mins late

 Vermonter

 43 %

 20 mins late

 36 mins late

 

Daily Recap, March 2017 . . . . .

 Date

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 Saturday, April 1

 45 %

 40 mins late

 1 hour, 13 mins late

 Sunday, April 2

 38 %

 47 mins late

 1 hour, 16 mins late

 Monday, April 3

 23 %

 1 hour, 5 mins late

 1 hour, 24 mins late

 Tuesday, April 4

 29 %

 57 mins late

 1 hour, 19 mins late

 Wednesday, April 5

 31 %

 56 mins late

 1 hour, 20 mins late

 Thursday, April 6

 32 %

 49 mins late

 1 hour, 13 mins late

 Friday, April 7

 17 %

 55 mins late

 1 hour, 7 mins late

 Saturday, April 8

 33 %

 58 mins late

 1 hour, 27 mins late

 Sunday, April 9

 34 %

 1 hour, 9 mins late

 1 hour, 45 mins late

 Monday, April 10

 26 %

 55 mins late

 1 hour, 15 mins late

 Tuesday, April 11

 31 %

 56 mins late

 1 hour, 22 mins late

 Wednesday, April 12

 39 %

 33 mins late

 54 mins late

 Thursday, April 13

 32 %

 57 mins late

 1 hour, 25 mins late

 Friday, April 14

 17 %

 54 mins late

 1 hour, 5 mins late

 Saturday, April 15

 36 %

 46 mins late

 1 hour, 12 mins late

 Easter

 53 %

 13 mins late

 27 mins late

 Monday, April 17

 39 %

 34 mins late

 56 mins late

 Tuesday, April 18

 37 %

 32 mins late

 51 mins late

 Wednesday, April 19

 36 %

 50 mins late

 1 hour, 19 mins late

 Thursday, April 20

 26 %

 53 mins late

 1 hour, 12 mins late

 Friday, April 21

 22 %

 45 mins late

 58 mins late

 Saturday, April 22

 29 %

 41 mins late

 57 mins late

 Sunday, April 23

 47 %

 24 mins late

 46 mins late

 Monday, April 24

 34 %

 37 mins late

 57 mins late

 Tuesday, April 25

 24 %

 1 hour, 13 mins late

 1 hour, 36 mins late

 Wednesday, April 26

 30 %

 50 mins late

 1 hour, 12 mins late

 Thursday, April 27

 15 %

 1 hour, 21 mins late

 1 hour, 35 mins late

 Friday, April 28

 34 %

 1 hour, 5 mins late

 1 hour, 39 mins late

 Saturday, April 29

 28 %

 51 mins late

 1 hour, 11 mins late

 Sunday, April 30

 27 %

 1 hour, 54 mins late

 2 hours, 39 mins late

 .

 .

 .

 .

 Composite for April

 31 %

 52 mins late

 1 hour, 16 mins late

 

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April Comparison 2017 vs 2016:

 April 2017

  31 %

 52 mins late

 1 hour, 16 mins late

 April 2016

  44 %

 36 mins late

 1 hour, 4 mins late