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Performance for six-day Thanksgiving period 2017

 Daily performance

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 Wednesday, November 22

 31 %

 46 mins late

 1 hour, 7 mins late

 Thursday, November 23

 46 %

 25 mins late

 46 mins late

 Friday, November 24

 58 %

 20 mins late

 47 mins late

 Saturday, November 25

 51 %

 33 mins late

 1 hour, 7 mins late

 Sunday, November 26

 53 %

 21 mins late

 44 mins late

 Monday, November 27

 31 %

 49 mins late

 1 hour, 11 mins late

 Thanksgiving period (6 days)

 45 %

 32 mins late

 59 mins late

Forty-five (45) percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their final destination on time during the six-day 2017 Thanksgiving period, November 22 through 27, inclusive. The remaining 55 percent, on average, arrived 59 minutes late.

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Performance of Individual Trains . . . .

Auto Train

California Zephyr

Capitol Limited



City of New Orleans

Coast Starlight


Empire Builder

Lake Shore Limited

Maple Leaf


Silver Meteor

Silver Star

Southwest Chief

Sunset Limited

Texas Eagle



COMPOSITE - (Long-DistanceTrains, Thanksgiving period, 2017)


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The Bull Sheet calculates arrival performance at final destination of Amtrak's named long-distance trains. The data are based upon the reported arrival times of each of the affected trains, and there is no grace allowance for minimal lateness. If a train arrives at its final destination behind schedule, even by a minute, it is considered 'late.' The Bull Sheet considers that long-distance trains have sufficient padding in their schedule to offset typical en route delays, and it is not necessary to apply a grace allowance on top of that padding to bolster on time reporting. Accordingly, these reports generally represent a more accurate analysis than what is reported by Amtrak.

Thanksgiving is a very important time for Amtrak. Trains are typically booked to capacity during this six-day period, and timely arrival at destination is often depended upon.