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Amtrak grades host railroads for delays to passenger service

first_imgIn terms of causing fewer train delays, Amtrak’s host railroads in the Pacific Northwest performed pretty well last year, especially compared with other companies around the United States and Canada.In a new report, Amtrak graded its landlord rail lines on a scale of A to F in a report titled the “Host Railroad Report Card” for the 2017 calendar year. Of the six class 1 railroads evaluated, the Pacific Northwest’s two class 1 companies, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Corp., received a B and a B-, respectively. Only Canadian Pacific fared better, receiving an A.BNSF’s grade was based on its trains being responsible for less than 1,000 minutes of delay per 10,000 train miles traveled by Amtrak trains on its network. Union Pacific, meanwhile, caused less than 1,200 minutes of delay per 10,000 train miles.BNSF tracks host Amtrak passenger trains from Vancouver, B.C. to Portland on the Cascades route, from Seattle to Portland on the Coast Starlight route and from Minneapolis, Minn. to Portland on the Empire Builder route.Union Pacific then hosts the Cascades from Portland to Eugene, Ore., and the Coast Starlight from Portland to Moorpark, Calif.“You are served by two of our better host railroads,” said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.But Union Pacific’s spokesman Justin E. Jacobs didn’t see it the same way.“Union Pacific takes significant measures to ensure our commuter partners are successful operating along our rail network. We are disappointed that Amtrak is trying to deflect its own service issues to host railroads, including Union Pacific,” he told The Columbian in an email.last_img read more