Amtrak On Time
Rail Passenges has been in court over late trains for the past several years. We've covered this issue nonstop for almost a decade. Now, Amtrak is taking the fight for on time trains to the next level:
Take Action Now: YOUR Comment Needed On New Amtrak Rules
Freight railroads' new tactic is to get FRA to declare that Amtrak's schedules are unrealistic nearly across the board. Their ultimate goal is clear: get FRA to use the new rules to require Amtrak to lengthen schedules even more. The end goal would make Amtrak so trip-time uncompetitive that passenger rail dies in the United States.
YOU can help us stop this! The public has until June 1 to comment on FRA’s proposals...and to fight back against the idea that freights need even more time to carry Amtrak’s trains. I’m asking you today to add your voice to the public comment docket by visiting this link:
When you write your comment, you should stress the following:
I support FRA's proposed Customer On-Time Performance (Customer OTP) standard because it is passenger-focused, unambiguous, straightforward and easy to understand. Schedule recovery time should be redistributed throughout the route to ensure that host railroads can reasonably meet the standard, and not simply lengthened.
I encourage FRA to consider the enhancements Rail Passengers proposed in its formal comments on the rule on April 22. These enhancements include RPA-suggested metrics that evaluate the customer experience without relying on surveys, that incorporate concerns of elderly and disabled travelers, and that broaden and strengthen the assessment of public benefits from each route.
Before commenting, please be sure your comment is constructive, fact-based, and reflects how the standards in the rule will affect you as a passenger.
These rules will address not just on-time performance but many other areas which I know are important to you. The rules will measure not just timeliness but things like schedules, the quality of your on-board experience and even critical areas of concern like food service.
Don’t let this opportunity to be heard go to waste. Use the link to add your comments BEFORE JUNE 1.
"The National Association of Railroad Passengers has done yeoman work over the years and in fact if it weren’t for NARP, I'd be surprised if Amtrak were still in possession of as a large a network as they have. So they've done good work, they're very good on the factual case."
Robert Gallamore, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University and former Federal Railroad Administration official, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University
November 17, 2005, on The Leonard Lopate Show (with guest host Chris Bannon), WNYC New York.