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Table 4-4 Amtrak On-Time Performance Trends and Hours of Delay by Cause: 2000, 2005, and 2010-2015

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  2000 2005 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
On-time performance, total percent (weighted) 78.2 69.8 79.7 78.1 83.0 82.3 72.4 71.2
Short distance (<400 miles), percent 82.0 73.6 80.3 79.8 84.5 86.1 75.7 74.2
Long distance (>=400 miles), percent 55.0 42.1 74.7 63.6 70.7 58.0 69.1 68.1
Hours of delay by cause, total 70,396 95,259 79,976 86,021 79,235 77,719 98,779 100,847
Amtraka 23,337 25,549 23,404 26,121 21,384 17,467 24,603 24,191
Host railroadb 43,881 64,097 44,090 48,707 46,564 48,733 63,191 63,632
Otherc 3,176 5,613 12,482 11,192 11,286 11,520 10,984 13,025

a Includes all delays that occur when operating on Amtrak owned tracks and all delays for equipment or engine failure, passenger handling, holding for connections, train servicing, and mail/baggage handling when on tracks of a host railroad.

b Includes all operating delays not attributable to Amtrak when operating on tracks of a host railroad, such as track and signal related delays, power failures, freight and commuter train interference, routing delays, etc.

c Includes delays not attributable to Amtrak or other host railroads, such as customs and immigration, law enforcement action, weather, or waiting for scheduled departure time.

NOTES: Host railroad is a freight or commuter railroad over which Amtrak trains operate for all or part of their trip. Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding. All percentages are based on Amtrak's fiscal year (October 1–September 30). Amtrak trains are considered on time if arrival at the endpoint is within the minutes of scheduled arrival time as shown on the following chart. Trip length is based on the total distance traveled by that train from origin to destination:

Trip length (miles) Minutes late at endpoint
0–250 10 or less
251–350 15 or less
351–450 20 or less
451–550 25 or less
> 551 30 or less

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics. National Transportation Statistics, Table 1-73. Available at http://www.bts.gov/ as of May 2016.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017