Press Releases

ASLRRA represents the interests of the nation’s 603 short line railroads, speaking on issues of importance to us in the media and in Congressional Hearings.  ASLRRA also represents industry interests in the regulatory arena, providing comments to issuing entities such as the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Department of Transportation (DOT) on the impact to our small business members.

 

Vancer Honored with ASLRRA’s 2021 Veterans Engagement Award

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2021 - The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) congratulates Vancer, who has been selected as the 2021 Veterans Engagement Award winner for focused and sustained efforts to recruit and retain veterans for employment, and for the company’s efforts beyond their workplace in supporting skill development for military veterans and their families.

ASLRRA Selects 2021 Business Development Award Winners

WASHINGTON, September 1, 2021 - Despite the challenges of operating during a worldwide pandemic, short line railroads continue to create value for customers, the communities they serve and the U.S. economy.

ASLRRA Urges Swift U.S. House Action Following Senate Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON, August 10, 2021 - In response to today’s Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by a vote of 69-30, The American Short Line Railroad Association (ASLRRA) provided a statement to the media.

ASLRRA Commends Senate Action to Move Infrastructure Bill Forward

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2021 - Today, the Senate took action to advance the bi-partisan infrastructure proposal that includes the Surface Transportation Investment Act (STIA). The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), representing the nation’s 600 small business freight railroads and hundreds of railroad suppliers, strongly supported the Act following its introduction on June 10, 2021.

ASLRRA Comments on House Passage of the INVEST in America Act

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2021 - Opportunity Remains Going Forward to Produce a Rail Title of Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill that Benefits Short Line Freight Railroads and Supports the Key Role Short Lines Can Play in Growing the Economy, Protecting the Environment, Improving Transportation Safety, and Reducing the Congestion and Maintenance Burden of Heavy Freight on Highways.

ASLRRA Honors Exemplary Careers Dedicated to Railroad Safety

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2021 - The American Short Line Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has announced its selection of two individuals for their decades-long dedication to railroad safety, and both recipients are employees of Patriot Rail Company, LLC.

ASLRRA Commends Bi-Partisan Committee Approval of Senate’s Surface Transportation Investment Act

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021 - Legislation will support the U.S. freight transportation network and the growth of small business railroads.

ASLRRA Strongly Supports Senate’s Surface Transportation Investment Act

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2021 - Bill Rises to the Moment for the Country, Supporting the Key Role Short Lines Can Play in Growing the Economy, Protecting the Environment, Improving Transportation Safety, and Reducing the Burden of Heavy Freight on Highways.

ASLRRA Comments on Introduction of INVEST in America Act

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2021 - “We recognize the need for a large and transformational infrastructure investment to support the American economy and protect our environment long into the future, and believe there is an opportunity right now to accomplish this long-held bipartisan goal.

Zachary M. Radford Joins ASLRRA’s Congressional Affairs Team

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2021 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) welcomes Zachary M. Radford as the Association’s Assistant Vice President of Congressional Affairs. He will report to ASLRRA’s Vice President of Congressional Affairs Tom Lynch.

ASLRRA Honors 346 Railroads for Safety Performance

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2021 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) today announced the recipients of the Jake Safety Awards, including nineteen member railroads being recognized as President’s Safety Award winners.

Short Lines Will Find a Lot to Like in Senate EPW Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2021 - "ASLRRA welcomes the bipartisan, unanimous U.S Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee report out of their portion of the surface transportation reauthorization bill.

Short Line Railroad Industry Outlines Economic and Environmental Contributions to U.S. Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2021 - Chuck Baker, President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), testified on behalf of the nation’s 600 Class II and III railroads before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports during a hearing entitled, “Freight Mobility: Strengthening America’s Supply Chains and Competitiveness.”

ORR Safety Joins ASLRRA’s Member Discount Program

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2021 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announces its newest Member Discount Program provider, ORR Safety. ORR Safety is an ISO 9001-registered distributor of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and related services to the industrial market.

Short Lines Outline Key Economic Impacts, Environmental Benefits, and Growth Strategies During Congressional Hearing

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2021 - ASLRRA member Caren Kraska, President and Chairman of A&M Railroad, provides testimony during a hearing entitled, “Full Steam Ahead for Rail: Why Rail is More Relevant Than Ever for Economic and Environmental Progress.”

Railroad Subcommittee Chair Donald Payne, Jr. Meets with Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2021 - Leaders of three railroad members of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) met with Representative Donald J. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ, 10th), the new Chairman of the powerful U. S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials via Zoom.

Short Lines Share Industry Priorities with NTSB Member Jennifer Homendy

WASHINGTON, January 21, 2021 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) had the opportunity to share short line freight industry challenges and opportunities, safety initiatives undertaken, and the many ways that short line freight railroads are responding as part of the nation’s critical workforce during the pandemic with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Member Jennifer Homendy and members of NTSB staff via Zoom call recently.

Short Line Industry Set to Achieve Critical Support for Delivering on Mission

WASHINGTON, December 20, 2020 - The day's introduction of the large omnibus appropriations/coronavirus relief/tax legislation in the House of Representatives marks a significant milestone in the short line freight rail industry’s quest for certainty in tax policy that supports investments in critical small freight railroad infrastructure.

Short Lines Meet Virtually with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2020 - Leaders of three short line railroads and their key customers met with U.S. Senator Robert “Bob” Casey, Jr. (D-PA) for a discussion that included the value of freight rail to the economy, permanence of the Short Line Tax Credit (45G), which enables railroads to invest more of their private funds into infrastructure upgrades via a tax credit, and short line railroads’ resiliency during the COVID pandemic.

Short Lines Meet Virtually with Representative Rick Crawford

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2020 - With restrictions on in-person meetings continuing through the 116th Congressional Session, constituents must be creative in finding ways to connect their Congressional Representatives to their issues. The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA)’s government affairs team has been making use of technology such as Zoom to facilitate knowledge transfer.

ASLRRA Touts Improvements to RRIF Express Loan Program

WASHINGTON, October 30, 2020 - Today’s notice, issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau, regarding changes to the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Funding (RRIF) Express program (RRIF Express 2.0) incorporates several changes that will enable more short line railroads to access the program.

ASLRRA Honors Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis for Outstanding Engagement with Veterans

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2020 - The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) as its 2020 Veterans Engagement Award winner for focused and sustained efforts to recruiting veterans for employment, and for the railroad’s efforts beyond their workforce in supporting U.S. Veterans and their families in their community.

HUB International Creates Health Insurance Program for Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2020 - The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announces a new members-only benefit program designed to address the rising costs of employee health insurance coverage, provided by HUB International (HUB), the world’s fifth largest insurance broker.

ASLRRA Comments on House Passage of the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2)

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2020 - In response to the House passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), which represents the nation’s 600 small business freight railroads and hundreds of railroad suppliers, has identified both positive and concerning aspects of the surface transportation portion of the legislation for the short line industry going forward.

ASLRRA Recognizes Career Dedication to Railroad Safety

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 - The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has honored two individuals for their dedication to railroad safety, naming Jose Jimenez, Machinist, The Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) as Safety Person of the Year, and Travis Herod, SVP of Environmental, Health and Safety at Watco Companies (Watco) as the Safety Professional of the Year.

ASLRRA Comments on House T&I Committee Approval of INVEST in America Act (H.R. 2)

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) comments on House T&I Committee approval of INVEST in America Act, noting both positive advancements and opportunities to improve this legislation for the short line industry going forward.

Tom Lynch Joins ASLRRA As Vice President, Congressional Affairs

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has welcomed Tom Lynch as Vice President, Congressional Affairs, completing ASLRRA’s new in-house legislative team.

ASLRRA Announces 2020 Business Development Award Winners

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annually recognizes member railroads for outstanding business development activities designed to grow the short line railroad business.

ASLRRA Honors 295 Railroads for Safety Performance

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected its annual Jake Award recipients, recognizing 295 member railroads for their above-industry average safety performance during 2019.

ASLRRA Adds Mara Stark-Alcalá to its Legislative Team

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has bolstered its in-house Legislative team with the addition of Mara Stark-Alcalá, who has been named to the new role of Assistant Vice President, Congressional Affairs.

ASLRRA Marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2020 - While the coronavirus pandemic and the nation’s response to it continues to take center stage, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) celebrates this milestone anniversary of Earth Day, noting the short line industry’s contributions to providing sustainable, earth-friendly transportation.

Railroads Applaud Relief for Unemployed Rail Workers

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and The Association of American Railroads (AAR) issue a joint release applauding Congressional action via the CARES Act, providing the same vital protections extended to other impacted Americans.

ASLRRA Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductees

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) will launch the Short Line Railroad Industry Hall of Fame in 2020 to recognize short line railroad visionaries and stars who through their dedication, commitment and achievement best exemplify the qualities of innovation, entrepreneurialism, perseverance and service that have advanced the short line railroad industry.

U.S. Freight Rail Industry Comes to Washington

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2020 - 450 railroad industry employees knocked on 330 doors on Capitol Hill, exercising their first Amendment right to petition their government and tell their story at an annual gathering of freight rail professionals, known as Railroad Day on Capitol Hill.

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.

Short Lines to Congress: We Have the 'Right Stuff'

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2019 - Chuck Baker, President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) shared the short line story with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during a hearing entitled “Where’s My Stuff?: Examining the Economic, Environmental, and Societal Impacts of Freight Transportation”.

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