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Metra's on-time performance rate for 2016 came in at 96 percent, the Chicago commuter railroad announced yesterday.Metra's goal is to operate at least 95 percent of its trains on time. The railroad considers a train to have operated on time if it reaches its final destination within five minutes and 59 seconds of its scheduled arrival, Metra officials said in a press release."We are pleased that the great majority of our trains continue to arrive at their final destinations on time," said Metra Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno. "Our goal during the challenging winter months is to work hard to offer safe, reliable and comfortable service, while providing real-time information to our customers about the status of their trains."Meanwhile, Metra's on-time performance for December 2016 was 95 percent. During that month, 841 of 17,329 trains were tardy by six minutes or more. The most common cause for delays was related to weather conditions. Signal and switch failure, freight interference and mechanical issues were among the other major causes for delays during December 2016.
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