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Amtrak Long-Distance Trains

Performance for week ending December 31, 2017

 Daily performance

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 Christmas Day

 75 %

 19 mins late

 1 hour, 16 mins late

 Tuesday, December 26

 35 %

 54 mins late

 1 hour, 23 mins late

 Wednesday, December 27

 12 %

 1 hour, 28 mins late

 1 hour, 40 mins late

 Thursday, December 28

 15 %

 1 hour, 41 mins late

 1 hour, 59 mins late

 Friday, December 29

 16 %

 1 hour, 50 mins late

 2 hours, 11 mins late

 Saturday, December 30

 26 %

 2 hours, 26 mins late

 3 hours, 19 mins late

 New Year's Eve

 30 %

 1 hour, 55 mins late

 2 hours, 45 mins late

Thirty (30) percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their final destination on time or earlier in the week ending December 31, 2017. The remaining 70 percent, on average, arrived two hours and nine 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, week ending December 31, 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 represent a more realistic analysis than what is typically reported by Amtrak. Trains annulled or reported as 'service disrupted' are not included in the data. Trains arriving at their final destination ahead of schedule are shown simply as arriving 'on time,' without a credit to the number of minutes they are early to offset other, past or future train delays.