Commuters head toward the Acela for their morning trip northbound Sept. 19 in Washington, D.C.

Amtrak’s chronic delays across its national network create a multimillion dollar problem.

Nationwide, 27% of Amtrak trains were late in 2018, according to a new analysis by the Amtrak inspector general, who concluded that the company’s inability to deliver reliable service is not only affecting riders’ confidence in Amtrak but also directly contributing to the company’s annual operating losses- assessed at about $171 million for fiscal 2018.

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