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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    2017 CONNECTIONS Convention

    April 22 - 25. 2017

    Registration is now open for our Annual Convention at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine Texas! To see all the great education and networking opportunities that we have in store for you, please click here!


    2017 ASLRRA Regional Meetings

    Southern: September 25 - 27, 2017 - Charleston, South Carolina

    Eastern: October 23 -25, 2017 - Providence, Rhode Island

    Central/Pacific: November 13 - 15, 2017 - Kansas City, Missouri

    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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  • ASLRRA Webinars

    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!

  • Short Line Safety Institute Webinars

    The Short Line Safety Institute is proud to offer webinars that will help keep you up to date on the latest safety regulation as well tips and tools to keep your railroad injury free! Please visit our website for upcoming and previously recorded webinars.

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News & Announcements


  • 2017 Railroad Day a Record Breaking Success  

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 7, 2017 – On March 2, 2017 a record number of citizen lobbyist railroaders, suppliers and customers met with their Congressional leaders to identify legislative strategies to grow rail opportunity. 367 Congressional offices hosted meetings for 456 visitors – a record number of participants for the annual event which has been held since 1999.
  • ASLRRA Looks Forward to Working with Linda McMahon as SBA Administrator  

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 15, 2017 – Linda Bauer Darr appreciates McMahon's passion for enterprise, and understanding of small business challenges, such as the ones Short Line Railroads face every day.
  • ASLRRA Applauds Senate Confirmation of Elaine Chao

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 31, 2017 – Linda Bauer Darr, president of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), today released the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation.

  • BRACE Act Introduced in 115th Congress

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Jan. 31, 2017 – Washington, DC – January 31, 2017 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) applauds the introduction of the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act in the House of Representatives (H.R. 721) yesterday evening by Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Dan Lipinski (D-IL). This bill will make the short line railroad track maintenance tax credit (45G) permanent, allowing small railroads to spend more of their revenue rehabilitating infrastructure that serves as a critical transportation connection for local shippers across the country. The tax credit expired December 31, 2016.