Why Amtrak’s On Time Performance Has Been So Much Worse This Year

Great article from Atlantic’s CityLab – why have Amtrak trains been late this year?

I noted a few months ago that Amtrak needs to pull their on-time percentage up in order to stay (or become) competitive with inter-city bus providers, but the US Supreme Court hasn’t made that easy. An October 2013 ruling reduced Amtrak’s ability to negotiate with freight providers, who own most of the track Amtrak uses – 72% of all miles traveled are on track not owned by Amtrak. The result? A nearly 12 point drop in on-time percentage.


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