DOT Finalizes New Amtrak On-Time Performance Standards

Law360 (November 16, 2020, 6:20 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation finalized a rule Monday setting new performance and scheduling standards for Amtrak's passenger operations, restoring regulations that had been invalidated and redeveloped after years of litigation from freight railroads.

The DOT's Federal Railroad Administration issued a final rule requiring Amtrak and its host railroads to certify Amtrak's schedules and also establishing an on-time performance minimum standard for Amtrak.

The new standard of 80% on-time performance for any two consecutive calendar quarters defines the threshold for triggering a potential federal investigation into whether the freight — or host — railroads are prioritizing Amtrak's passenger trains over cargo-hauling...

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