Connecting America’s Communities

Connecting America’s Communities

Short line and regional railroads operate 38% of the nation's rail network.  For large areas of rural and small town America, short line and regional railroads are the only way shippers can stay connected to the national network, helping businesses and employment stay local. 

Strengthening America’s

Strengthening America’s Economy

Rail movement is efficient and cost effective, enabling competitive access to the national and world economy for thousands of companies. One of every four rail cars moving on the national network is handled by a short line, providing the first and last mile for a wide variety of goods from energy products, to industrial products, to finished consumer goods.

Championing Industry

Championing Industry Safety

ASLRRA provides the framework and support for our members to ensure compliance and a strong safety culture through our programming, and the Safety Institute respectively.  ASLRRA’s elite staff of industry experts provides representation in Congress and in the regulatory agencies to ensure our voices are heard, and our achievements recognized.


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    Operating Practices 101 Training Seminars

    November 1 - 3, 2016 - Baltimore, MD

    Throughout 2016, ASLRRA and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will conduct a series of Operating Practices Seminars to address the provisions of 49 CFR Parts 240 (Engineer Certification), 242 (Conductor Certification), and 217 (Railroad Operating Practices).


    ASLRRA Regional Meetings

    Eastern: September 12 - 14, 2016 - Indianapolis, IN

    Southern: October 24 - 26, 2016 - Louisville, KY

    Central/Pacific: November 14 - 16, 2016 - Oklahoma City, OK

    ASLRRA holds a three Regional Meetings each fall: Central/Pacific, Eastern, and Southern. These Regional Meetings are the must-attend events of the fall for everyone in the railroad industry, including Short Line and Class I railroad professionals, shippers, industry suppliers, and industry-affiliated stakeholders. Plus, the enhanced educational content will benefit the management team and personnel in every role from safety, operations, and engineering professionals to general managers, marketing, and business development personnel.

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    The ASLRRA is pleased to offer flexible training options that fit your busy schedule with our live and pre-recorded webinars. ASLRRA webinars will help you stay current on industry issues and acquire new skills!

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News & Announcements

  • ASLRRA Calls on FRA to Abandon Train Crew Staffing Rule

  • WASHINGTON - June 15, 2016 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has urged the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to abandon its call to require two-person crews in many types of service, citing lack of consideration for economic impact to its small business members in the implementation of a rule with no proven safety benefit.

  • Betke Honored with 2016 Schlosser Distinguished Service Award

  • WASHINGTON - May 23, 2016 - George C. Betke, Jr., Chairman of Farmrail System, Inc., was honored with the Thomas L. Schlosser Distinguished Service Award, given on an annual basis to recognized an individual for long-term, significant service to the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. The award was presented at the Association's 2016 CONNECTIONS Convention held here.

  • ASLRRA's Timmons Award and Murray Scholarship Given at Connections 2016

  • WASHINGTON - May 23, 2016 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) was pleased to recognize outstanding effort in veteran's hiring, and outstanding efforts in the classroom at its recent CONNECTIONS 2016 Annual Meeting.

  • ASLRRA Recognizes Four Short Lines for Outstanding Business Achievement

  • WASHINGTON - May 18, 2016 - Four short lines members of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) were recognized this year for their efforts in designing and enacting innovative and successful marketing initiatives in the challenging small railroad industry.

  • ASLRRA Honors Short Lines for Excellence in Safety

  • WASHINGTON - May 18, 2016 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) honored 324 Short Line Railroads for their safety performance throughout 2015, as well as individual honorees for their commitment to safety compliance and culture.