Amtrak’s on-time performance has dropped during the first eight months of the fiscal year, according to an analysis of the railroad’s performance numbers.
For Fiscal Year 2014 to date, which runs from October through May, Amtrak saw a 73.6 percent system wide on time rate. That’s down 11.5 percent from last year’s 85.1 percent rate, according to numbers from the railroad, the most recent available on its website.
While Amtrak’s Acela service maintains a 77.2 percent on time rate, its long-distance trains have an abysmal 54.3 percent on time rate during the first two-thirds of the fiscal year, including a 47.1 percent rate in May. That’s a 22.3 percent drop compared to the same time during the 2013 fiscal year.
Only two Amtrak routes have seen an increase in their on-time rate so far this year: its Capitols service saw 0.9 percent increase and the Heartland Flyer saw a 0.5 percent uptick.
Taking all stations into account, Amtrak claimed a 73.1 percent on time rate thus far in Fiscal Year 2014, down 8.9 percent from the same time last year.