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Amtrak's Long-Distance Train Performance

September 2017

For the month of September 2017, the Bull Sheet has calculated that 34 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 49 minutes late.

The average arrival of the 66 percent of trains that were behind schedule was one hour and 14 minutes late.

A train is considered late whenever it arrives at its final destination behind schedule, even 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. (Amtrak uses grace allowances in presenting its on-time data, which this survey does not.)

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 with 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 September 2017 was as follows:

 Train

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 Auto Train

 57 %

 1 hour, 10 mins late

 2 hours, 43 mins late

 California Zephyr

 22 %

 1 hour, 7 mins late

 1 hour, 26 mins late

 Capitol Limited

 28 %

 41 mins late

 58 mins late

 Cardinal

 27 %

 1 hour, 16 mins late

 1 hour, 44 mins late

 Carolinian

 33 %

 41 mins late

 1 hour, 1 min late

 City of New Orleans

 42 %

 21 mins late

 35 mins late

 Coast Starlight

 56 %

 47 mins late

 1 hour, 48 mins late

 Crescent

 19 %

 1 hour, 4 mins late

 1 hour, 19 mins late

 Empire Builder

 83 %

 8 mins late

 46 mins late

 Lake Shore Limited

 22 %

 44 mins late

 56 mins late

 Maple Leaf

 28 %

 24 mins late

 34 mins late

 Palmetto

 8 %

 40 mins late

 43 mins late

 Silver Meteor

 16 %

 1 hour, 39 mins late

 1 hour, 58 mins late

 Silver Star

 9 %

 1 hour, 41 mins late

 1 hour, 50 mins late

 Southwest Chief

 27 %

 1 hour, 53 mins late

 2 hours, 35 mins late

 Sunset Limited

 54 %

 30 mins late

 1 hour, 4 mins late

 Texas Eagle

 45 %

 40 mins late

 1 hour, 12 mins late

 Vermonter

 16 %

 25 mins late

 29 mins late

 

Daily Recap . . . . .

 Date

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 Friday September 1

 18 %

 1 hour, 9 mins late

 1 hour, 24 mins late

 Saturday, September 2

 29 %

 56 mins late

 1 hour, 19 mins late

 Sunday, September 3

 49 %

 29 mins late

 57 mins late

 Labor Day

 57 %

 33 mins late

 1 hour, 17 mins late

 Tuesday, September 5

 39 %

 26 mins late

 42 mins late

 Wednesday, September 6

 41 %

 52 mins late

 1 hour, 29 mins late

 Thursday, September 7

 37 %

 40 mins late

 1 hour, 3 mins late

 Friday, September 8

 21 %

 1 hour late

 1 hour, 17 mins late

 Saturday, September 9

 35 %

 27 mins late

 41 mins late

 Sunday, September 10

 48 %

 30 mins late

 57 mins late

 Monday, September 11

 56 %

 22 mins late

 50 mins late

 Tuesday, September 12

 38 %

 39 mins late

 1 hour, 2 mins late

 Wednesday, September 13

 37 %

 35 mins late

 55 mins late

 Thursday, September 14

 19 %

 37 mins late

 46 mins late

 Friday, September 15

 32 %

 1 hour, 29 mins late

 2 hours, 11 mins late

 Saturday, September 16

 36 %

 34 mins late

 53 mins late

 Sunday, September 17

 46 %

 15 mins late

 28 mins late

 Monday, September 18

 37 %

 28 mins late

 45 mins late

 Tuesday, September 19

 28 %

 30 mins late

 41 mins late

 Wednesday, September 20

 30 %

 1 hour, 6 mins late

 1 hour, 35 mins late

 Thursday, September 21

 29 %

 57 mins late

 1 hour, 20 mins late

 Friday, September 22

 28 %

 1 hour, 33 mins late

 2 hours, 9 mins late

 Saturday, September 23

 29 %

 1 hour, 6 mins late

 1 hour, 34 mins late

 Sunday, September 24

 40 %

 1 hour, 6 mins late

 1 hour, 50 mins late

 Monday, September 25

 28 %

 1 hour, 3 mins late

 1 hour, 28 mins late

 Tuesday, September 26

 26 %

 49 mins late

 1 hour, 6 mins late

 Wednesday, September 27

 26 %

 54 mins late

 1 hour, 12 mins late

 Thursday, September 28

 29 %

 1 hour, 4 mins late

 1 hour, 30 mins late

 Friday, September 29

 36 %

 36 mins late

 57 mins late

 Saturday, September 30

 23 %

 1 hour, 20 mins late

 1 hour, 43 mins late

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 Composite for Month

 34 %

 49 mins late

 1 hour, 14 mins late

 

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September Comparison, This Year vs Last Year:

 September 2017

  34 %

 49 mins late

 1 hour, 14 mins late

 September 2016

  38 %

 41 mins late

 1 hour, 6 mins late

 

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Monthly Recap, This Year

 

 Month

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 January 2017

 39 %

 59 mins late

 1 hour, 37 mins late

 February 2017

 40 %

 50 mins late

 1 hour, 24 mins late

 March 2017

 26 %

 1 hour, 9 mins late

 1 hour, 33 mins late

 April 2017

 31 %

 52 mins late

 1 hour, 16 mins late

 May 2017

 28 %

 1 hour, 6 mins late

 1 hour, 31 mins late

 June 2017

 20 %

 1 hour, 13 mins late

 1 hour, 32 mins late

 July 2017

 22 %

 1 hour, 19 mins late

 1 hour, 41 mins late

 August 2017

 26 %

 1 hour, 2 mins late

 1 hour, 24 mins late

 September 2017

 34 %

 49 mins late

 1 hour, 14 mins late