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.

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Championing Industry Safety

ASLRRA provides the framework and support for our members to ensure compliance. 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. A key resource for all short line and regional railroad entities is the Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI). SLSI and its programs support the short line and regional railroad industry’s goal of performing at an increasingly higher level of safety by encouraging a focus on safety culture.


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Sarah Yurasko Joins ASLRRA as General Counsel

WASHINGTON, January 17, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) welcomes Sarah Yurasko, who brings extensive experience in representing railroad interests working for government, private entities and associations, as its General Counsel.

ASLRRA introduces Global Train Services, LLC (GTS) as its newest Preferred Provider in the Association’s Member Discount Program

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announces the addition of a new Preferred Provider in the Member Discount Program. GTS will provide both Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation and support services and grant writing services at a discounted rate to members.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Launches New Program to Modernize Rural Freight Rail

WASHINGTON, December 12, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces a new pilot program to expedite long-term, low-cost loans for America’s short line and regional freight railroads, including $26 million in financial support.