Most of us have noticed the improvement and credited the big shift to a steady economic decline resulting in less freight train interference.
Could it really be all that track work on the UP? We really like UP spokesman Mark Davis here at TFA, so I will only leave you to decide for yourself.
The GJSentinel Online in Grand Junction, Col. (I spent a week of my radio career there back in ’79) also noticed the stark improvement.
In March 2007 only 18 percent of the Amtrak trains that came through the Grand Junction station did it on time, according to Union Pacific, which handles track operations. That number jumped to 44 percent in March 2008, and hit 92 percent last month.
Amtrak, which is owned by the federal government, operates passenger service around the country on the tracks of privately owned railroads.
“There has been effort by Union Pacific to reduce delays,” said Marc Magliari, Amtrak spokesman.
Mark Davis, spokesman for Union Pacific, said track maintenance has greatly helped trains run on time.
“All the track projects we’ve done over the years are starting to pay off,” Davis said.
Other improvements have allowed dispatchers to move freight traffic at constant speed and flow, which gives railroads more flexibility and the ability to give Amtrak trains priority, he said.