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Metra bested on-time performance goal in June

The most common cause of delays was related to freight interference and track construction.
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Last month, Metra logged an on-time performance rate of 95.3 percent.

The figure exceeded the commuter railroad's goal of operating at least 95 percent of trains on time, Metra officials said in a press release. The agency considers a train to be on time if it reaches its final destination within five minutes and 59 seconds of the scheduled arrival.

In June, 826 of 17,539 trains were late by six minutes or more. The most common cause for delays was related to freight interference and track construction, according to Metra. Signal and switch failure, train loading and mechanical failures also prompted many delays during the month.

"We will continue to do all we can to provide timely service to the thousands of customers who ride [our trains], both regular commuters and the additional discretionary riders we see in the summer months," said Metra Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno.

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