A Message From ASLRRA President, Chuck Baker
As much as we all long to get together in-person to network, negotiate, learn, and share stories, ASLRRA must put the safety of our members first, and we believe that this is the most responsible decision and in everyone’s best interest. However, while virtual can’t entirely replicate in-person, we do fully intend to deliver an exceptional content and educational experience that will ensure attendees are informed, enlightened, and up-to-date on all things short line.
And being completely candid with you, our members, we do need your support for this conference – we need those of you who had already registered and signed up to sponsor and exhibit to stick with those commitments, and we need additional attendees too. The Association counts on the conference to be a profitable event which contributes significantly to the Association’s annual budget and funds many of the activities over the rest of the year that are so valuable to you – the advocacy on issues like the 45G tax credit, CRISI grants, truck size and weight issues, crew size mandates, the safety regulatory work at the FRA on issues like the Part 243 Training Standards, and the economic regulatory work at the STB on topics such as demurrage, reciprocal switching, and revenue adequacy. We are committed to making this virtual conference substantively successful, and we need it to be financially successful. We hope that you’ll give it a shot – and with no airfare and hotel costs associated with attending, you can participate and still spend significantly less than your original plans.