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Amtrak's Long-Distance Train Performance

October 2018

For the month of October 2018, the Bull Sheet has calculated that 34 percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their final destination on time or earlier. [In the same month last year it was 31 percent.]

The average arrival of all long-distance trains in the survey period was 49 minutes late. [In the same month last year it was 55 minutes late.]

The average arrival of the trains that were behind schedule was one hour and 15 minutes late. [In the same month last year it was one hour and 20 minutes late.]

The train with the best on-time performance in September was City of New Orleans (79 percent), and the train with the worst on-time performance was Capitol Limited (5 percent).

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 late. Amtrak routinely reports trains arriving on time if they are nominally late, within certain guidelines, but the Bull Sheet survey conveys realistic parameters reflecting actual performance.

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 or provided with ambiguous or unreliable data are typically excluded from the analysis.

This survey was compiled by the Bull Sheet's statistical department comprehending actual performance as reported for each affected train on Amtrak's website. Data only apply to arrival at final destination; average arrivals at intermediate stations may differ.

Individual train performance in October 2018 was as follows:

 Train

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 Auto Train

 69 %

 26 mins late

 1 hour, 25 mins late

 California Zephyr

 32 %

 1 hour, 6 mins late

 1 hour, 37 mins late

 Capitol Limited

 5 %

 1 hour, 34 mins late

 1 hour, 39 mins late

 Cardinal

 50 %

 39 mins late

 1 hour, 18 mins late

 Carolinian

 36 %

 32 mins late

 50 mins late

 City of New Orleans

 79 %

 16 mins late

 1 hour, 15 mins late

 Coast Starlight

 53 %

 21 mins late

 46 mins late

 Crescent

 8 %

 1 hour, 20 mins late

 1 hour, 28 mins late

 Empire Builder

 34 %

 39 mins late

 59 mins late

 Lake Shore Limited

 16 %

 55 mins late

 1 hour, 5 mins late

 Maple Leaf

 42 %

 19 mins late

 33 mins late

 Palmetto

 37 %

 24 mins late

 38 mins late

 Silver Meteor

 53 %

 26 mins late

 55 mins late

 Silver Star

 20 %

 48 mins late

 59 mins late

 Southwest Chief

 24 %

 1 hour, 8 mins late

 1 hour, 29 mins late

 Sunset Limited

 22 %

 2 hours, 17 mins late

 2 hours, 56 mins late

 Texas Eagle

 8 %

 2 hours, 10 mins late

 2 hours, 22 mins late

 Vermonter

 29 %

 19 mins late

 27 mins late

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Monthly performance in 2018

 Monthly performance

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 January 2018

 35 %

 1 hour, 5 mins late

 1 hour, 41 mins late

 February 2018

 37 %

 55 mins late

 1 hour, 27 mins late

 March 2018

 39 %

 57 mins late

 1 hour, 32 mins late

 April 2018

 37 %

 47 mins late

 1 hour, 15 mins late

 May 2018

 26 %

 1 hour, 7 mins late

 1 hour, 30 mins late

 June 2018

 19 %

 1 hour, 27 mins late

 1 hour, 47 mins late

 July 2018

 20 %

 1 hour, 33 mins late

 1 hour, 56 mins late

 August 2018

 21 %

 1 hour, 26 mins late

 1 hour, 50 mins late

 September 2018

 29 %

 1 hour, 6 mins late

 1 hour, 33 mins late

 October 2018

 34 %

 49 mins late

 1 hour, 15 mins late

 Year to date

 30%

 1 hour, 7 mins late

 1 hour, 36 mins late