Amtrak On-time Performance: FY1990 - FY2020

Percent of train arrivals


On-time performance is a percentage measure of train performance. A train is considered on-time if it arrives at the final destination, or end-point, within an allowed number of minutes, or tolerance, of its scheduled arrival time. Trains are allowed a certain tolerance at the end-point based on the number of miles traveled.

Trip Length On-time Tolerance
0-250 miles 10 minutes
251-350 miles 15 minutes
351-450 miles 20 minutes
451-550 miles 25 minutes
>551 miles 30 minutes


As cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 1-73, available at

Last Updated: May 2021