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Amtrak Long-Distance Trains

Performance for Second Half of 2020

Fifty-four percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their scheduled final destination on time or earlier in the second half of 2020... The remaining trains, on average, arrived one hour and 14 minutes late.

 Monthly performance

 Pct on-time arrival

 Overall avg arrival

 Avg arrival if late

 July 2020

47 %

42 mins late

 1 hour, 20 mins late

 August 2020

54 %

35 mins late

 1 hour, 17 mins late

 September 2020

52 %

 32 mins late

 1 hour, 6 mins late

.October 2020

55 %

 30 mins late

 1 hour, 6 mins late

 November 2020

54 %

 39 mins late

 1 hour, 25 mins late

 December 2020

64 %

 25 mins late

 1 hour, 10 mins late

 Composite averages

54 %

 34 mins late

 1 hour, 14 mins 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


Silver Meteor

Silver Star

Southwest Chief

Sunset Limited

Texas Eagle


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This project tracks averages. Daily performance figures do not uniformly correspond with averages that develop over a broader period of time.

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.' Trains must arrive on time, or earlier, to be considered arriving 'on time.' The Bull Sheet considers that long-distance Amtrak 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 routinely reported by Amtrak.

Data only apply to final destination, not to intermediate stations. Also, they do not adjust for any time gained en route if the train left the originating station late and then gained time, and no additional credit is given for trains that arrive at their destination in advance of scheduled time.

Runs that are truncated, annulled, terminated en route, or reported with incomplete or ambiguous data are excluded from the survey.