Congress, STB try to help Amtrak get on track with performance metrics

A photograph of an Amtrak train rolling down a desert field.

Congressional leaders and regulators are looking at ways Amtrak can improve its on-time performance, and they’re employing different tactics to get to that goal.

The freight railroads factor into Amtrak’s ability to meet certain on-time performance metrics because the railroads and Amtrak share the same track in certain areas of the U.S. rail network, such as near Chicago or along the Northeast corridor. By law, the freight railroads must give Amtrak and passenger rail priority use of the track.


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