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 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


  • ASLRRA Honors Individuals for Career Excellence in Safety 

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 8, 2017 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) honored two outstanding individuals for their career commitment to safety compliance and culture at the 2017 CONNECTIONS Convention in Grapevine, Texas. Keith LaPorte, Old Augusta Railroad, Safety Person of the Year and Ron Sparks, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, Safety Professional of the Year.
  • ASLRRA Honors Excellence at 2017 CONNECTIONS Convention 

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 8, 2017 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) honored honored a number of their member railroads for excellence in the areas of Veteran’s hiring and marketing initiatives at its 2017 CONNECTIONS, held at the Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, Texas.
  • Small Railroads Call On Subcommittee To Support Regulations That Are Cost And Benefit Focused 

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 26, 2017 – Darr calls for regulations that provide proven safety benefits, cautions against a one-size-fits-all approach.