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Amtrak Long-Distance Trains

Performance for February 2018


Thirty-seven percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their final destination on time or earlier in February 2018. The remaining 63 percent, on average, arrived one hour and 27 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, February 2018)

 4-Year Comparison

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 February 2015

 38 %

 1 hour, 1 min late

 1 hour, 40 mins late

 February 2016

 50 %

 34 mins late

 1 hour, 7 mins late

 February 2017

 40 %

 50 mins late

 1 hour, 24 mins late

 February 2018

 37 %

 55 mins late

 1 hour, 27 mins late

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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 terminal 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 offer a more realistic analysis than what is reported by Amtrak. (Trains that are truncated, annulled, terminated en route, reported as 'service disrupted,' or furnished with incomplete or ambiguous data are typically excluded from the survey.)