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Amtrak Long-Distance Trains

Performance for week ending September 23, 2018

 Daily performance

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 Monday, September 17

 32 %

 31 mins late

 46 mins late

 Tuesday, September 18

 22 %

 2 hours, 13 mins late

 2 hours, 50 mins late

 Wednesday, September 19

 21 %

 49 mins late

 1 hour, 1 min late

 Thursday, September 20

 24 %

 1 hour, 10 mins late

 1 hour, 32 mins late

 Friday, September 21

 29 %

 1 hour, 8 mins late

 1 hour, 35 mins late

 Saturday, September 22

 30 %

 1 hour, 21 mins late

 1 hour, 55 mins late

 Sunday, September 23

 32 %

 1 hour, 25 mins late

 2 hours, 5 mins late

Twenty-seven percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their final destination on time or earlier in the week ending September 23, 2018... The remaining 73 percent, on average, arrived one hour and 42 minutes late.

The week's data were somewhat distorted due to tropical storm Florence, as a number of trains were annulled or truncated. Only trains operating from scheduled origin to destination are included in this weekly survey.

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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 September 23, 2018)


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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 provided with incomplete or ambiguous data are generally excluded from the survey.)