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ASLRRA Selects Ayers Electronic Systems to Provide PTC Implementation Coordination for Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, November 5, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announces the addition of a new Preferred Provider in the ASLRRA Member Discount Program, Ayers Electronic Systems, LLC (aE), providing a comprehensive approach to implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) for short line railroads.

ASLRRA Steps Up to Provide Disaster Response Resources to Members

WASHINGTON, October 28, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has developed and provided resources designed to proactively assist its members in addressing the challenges of both weather and non-weather caused emergency events affecting employees, shippers, infrastructure, and operations.

Tech Mahindra to Digitally Train Employees of U.S. Short Line Railroads to Increase Safety

WASHINGTON, NEW DELHI, October 21, 2019 - Tech Mahindra will launch digital training for employees of railroads in the U.S. for ASLRRA members.

CloudMoyo Collaborates with ASLRRA to Provide Industry Thought Leadership and Technology Education for Short Line and Regional Railroads

WASHINGTON, September 23, 2019 - ASLRRA and CloudMoyo will develop ongoing educational and informative webinars, focused on using next generation technologies.

U.S. House of Representatives Supports Short Line Tax Credit at Record High Numbers

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2019 - 272 Representatives Have Signed On to the BRACE Act, H.R. 510

ASLRRA Unveils PTC CI-BOS Agreement for Short Lines, Provided by Herzog

WASHINGTON, September 11, 2019 - Herzog Technology, Inc.’s Hosted CI-BOS is Delivers Short Line PTC Compliance at an Affordable Price

Short Line Tax Credit Reaches Historic Levels of U.S. Senate Support

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2019 - Senate Tally Crosses 60 Members – ASLRRA Says “Time is Now”

ASLRRA Urges DOT to Consider Small Business Perspective

WASHINGTON, August 19, 2019 - Jo Strang, Senior Vice President, Safety & Regulatory Policy for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) testified today on behalf of the nation’s 603 short line railroads before the Small Business Administration during a hearing on National Regulatory Fairness.

Senate Task Force Reports Confirm Need for Certainty in Tax Policy

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) issued the following statement regarding the release of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee taskforce reports that examined more than 40 temporary tax provisions that expired, or will expire, between December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2019.

ASLRRA Fall Regional Meetings Focus on Preparedness

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2019 - Three meetings provide best-practice education, networking and add-on training opportunities

ASLRRA Announces Annual Jake Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has awarded its annual Jake Award to 293 member railroads, recognizing above industry average safety performance during 2018..

ASLRRA Urges Congress to Act on Short Line Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2019 - The time is now, say the 1,000 railroad and supplier members of ASLRRA, for Congress to act on the Short Line 45G tax credit, expired since December 2017.

Railroad Industry Converges on Washington

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2019 - On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 550 railroad industry professionals from across the nation will participate in Railroad Day on Capitol Hill. 

ASLRRA Welcomes New Partner at CCH

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2019 - The lobbying firm of Chambers, Conlon and Hartwell (CC&H) is pleased to announce that Channon Hanna is joining the firm as a Partner. Ms. Hanna will work on various issues for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and for CC&H’s commuter rail and public transit clients.

ASLRRA 2019 Convention Highlights

ORLANDO, FL, April 10, 2019 - More than 1,700 members of the short line industry attended the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) 2019 CONNECTIONS Convention, held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

ASLRRA Honors Peter Gilbertson for Decades of Service

ORLANDO, FL, April 9, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected Peter A. Gilbertson, President and CEO of Anacostia Rail Holdings Company, as the recipient of the 2019 Thomas L. Schlosser Distinguished Service Award

ASLRRA Honors Career Dedication to Railroad Safety

ORLANDO, FL, April 8, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) today honored two outstanding individuals for their career commitment to railroad safety at the 2019 CONNECTIONS Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Short Line Railroads, NGVAmerica, to Host Congressional Tax Aides

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2019 - Today, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) will be on the Hill to host Congressional tax aides for a “lunch and learn” to discuss the impact that expired tax extenders .

Short Line Railroads Urge Congress - Take Action on Short Term Tax Policies

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 - Chuck Baker, President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroads Association (ASLRRA) submitted comments urging Congress to take action on the so-called “tax extender” policies which include the Short Line Tax Credit.

Chuck Baker Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON, February 26, 2019 - Today Chuck Baker, President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), testified before the Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety.

Short Line Tax Credit Tops 100 Co-sponsors in 116th Congress 

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2019 – Late yesterday, HR 510, which calls for permanence of the short line tax credit, formally received its 100th co-sponsor.

Senate Joins House in Call for Permanence of Short Line Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, January 25, 2019 – Today the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, S. 203, was introduced, offering permanence to the Short Line Railroad Maintenance Tax Credit (‘45G’) and providing application of the credit through 2018.

Chuck Baker Chosen to Lead ASLRRA

Today the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) Chair, Judy Petry, President and General Manager of Farmrail System, Inc., announced the ASLRRA Board’s appointment of Charles H. “Chuck” Baker as the Association’s new President. Baker will begin his tenure on February 4, 2019.

H.R. 510 Calls for Permanence of the Short Line Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2019 – Judy Petry, Chair of ASLRRA, and President and General Manager of Farmrail System, Inc. has issued a statement regarding the January 11, 2019 House Congressional action that offers permanence to the Short Line Railroad Maintenance Tax Credit (‘45G’) and provides retroactivity through December 31, 2018.

Wabtec to Provide a PTC Multi-Tenant Hosted Solution to ASLRRA Member Short Lines

WASHINGTON, November 8, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has entered into an agreement with Wabtec Railway Electronics, Inc. (Wabtec) to provide Positive Train Control (PTC) support to its members via the WabtecCloud Multi-Tenant Back Office (MTBO) solution.

Rockwell Collins Chosen to Provide PTC Safety Documentation Support to Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, October 8, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has taken the next step in their plan to provide a suite of services for short line railroads equipping for Positive Train Control (PTC) by selecting Rockwell Collins to assist tenant short lines in the creation of safety-related documentation required to obtain permission to operate over a host’s PTC territory.

ASLRRA Releases Economic Impact Report

WASHINGTON – July 26, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) today released an economic impact report, prepared by the professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Analysis in the report demonstrates that the short line industry, although small by some definitions, is mighty in its contributions to the U.S. economy.

ASLRRA Selects Companies to Provide Grant Writing Expertise to Member Short Lines
Bergmann, HDR, Inc. and R.L. Banks and Associates to be Inaugural Preferred Providers

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has tapped a number of experts to assist its member railroads in the submission of grant applications for programs currently available from the Department of Transportation (DOT), and other sources. 

ASLRRA's Linda Bauer Darr to Leave in July for New Position

WASHINGTON – June 6, 2018 – Today the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s Chair, Judy Petry, announced the Board of Director’s acceptance of Linda Bauer Darr’s resignation, effective July 27, 2018. 

ASLRRA Contracts with Herzog to Provide PTC Support to Member Short Lines

WASHINGTON DC – May 10, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has entered into an agreement with Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HERZOG) to provide Positive Train Control (PTC) support to its members.

Mort Fuller Awarded ASLRRA's Highest Honor

NASHVILLE, TN – April 11, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) recognized Mr. Mortimer "Mort" Fuller III for his 40 years of service to the short line industry. 

ASLRRA 2018 CONNECTIONS Delivers Unparalleled Education and Networking Opportunities

NASHVILLE, TN – April 11, 2018 – The short line industry gathered in near-record breaking numbers this week at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s 2018 CONNECTIONS Convention (ASLRRA), held at the Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee.

ASLRRA Honors Individuals for Career Dedication to Railroad Safety

NASHVILLE, TN – April 9, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) today honored two outstanding individuals for their career commitment to safety compliance and culture at the 2018 CONNECTIONS Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

ASLRRA Chair Urges Congress to Make 45G Tax Credit Permanent

WASHINGTON DC – March 14, 2018 – Today, Judy Petry, Chair of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and President of Farmrail, a 349-mile short line railroad in Oklahoma, testified before the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee on the subject of “Post Tax Reform Evaluation of Recently Expired Tax Provisions.” Petry urged the Subcommittee to make permanent the short line railroad 45G tax credit, one of the most heavily supported pieces of stand-alone tax legislation in this session of Congress with 256 bi-partisan co-sponsors in the House (HR 721).

ASLRRA Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON DC – March 13, 2018 – ASLRRA Senior VP of Safety and Regulatory Policy Jo Strang testified regarding short line infrastructure needs.

ASLRRA Congratulates Ron Batory

WASHINGTON, DC – February 14, 2018 –– Linda Bauer Darr, president of the American Short Lineand Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), today released the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Ronald L. Batory as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

45G Railroad Track Maintenance Credit Extended

WASHINGTON, DC – February 9, 2018 – ASLRRA applauds Congressional action that extends the Railroad Track Maintenance ‘45G’ tax credit retroactively through December 31, 2017 as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump.

Darr Calls for 45G Permanency in Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON, DC – January 18, 2018 – Today, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-hosted “America’s Infrastructure Summit: Time to Modernize,” Linda Bauer Darr outlined three critical priorities for American Short Line and Regional Railroad members in any considered infrastructure funding package.

ASLRRA Welcomes Passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON, DC – December 20, 2017 – “ASLRRA members welcome the tax reform bill passed today and look forward to the economic growth that will be spurred on by this legislation."

Short Line Rail Industry Reaches Fatality-free Milestone

WASHINGTON, DC – November 8, 2017 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) today recognizes the significant safety achievement of the industry’s 603 short line railroads – operating for a full year fatality-free.

ASLRRA Looks Forward to Working With Administrator "Skip" Elliott

WASHINGTON, DC – October 6, 2017 – Linda Bauer Darr, on behalf of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), offered the following statement regarding last night’s Senate confirmation of Howard “Skip” Elliott for Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

ASLRRA’s Darr Testifies in Support of Infrastructure Needs of Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, DC – October 4, 2017 – On behalf of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) nearly 1,000 small business railroad and supplier members, Linda Bauer Darr today participated in a hearing before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials in support of the infrastructure needs of small business railroads.

ASLRRA Chooses Elavon as Newest Preferred Provider

WASHINGTON, DC, October 2, 2017 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced the addition of Elavon, a leading provider of payment solutions and subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), to its Member Discount Program. Elavon, a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), provides secure payment processing to a wide variety of industries, with tailored solutions to meet the needs of each partner.

Bi-Cameral BRACE Act Achieves Majority in Congress

WASHINGTON, DC, July 17, 2017 - Today the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced that the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, introduced in March of this year, has achieved 226 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives (H.R. 721) and 51 co-sponsors in the Senate (S. 407).

U.S. Representative Hollingsworth Joins NRC/REMSA Member R.J. Corman Railroad Services & ASLRRA Member L&I Railroad for Project Tour

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN, July 10, 2017 - On July 10, 2017, Representative Trey Hollingsworth (R – IN09) joined representatives from R.J. Corman Railroad Services to tour a project on the Louisville & Indiana (L&I) Railroad, and discuss pressing rail and manufacturing issues with various rail stakeholders.

ASLRRA Publishes All-New Short Line and Regional Railroad Facts and Figures

WASHINGTON, DC, June 26, 2017 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has released its latest version of Short Line and Regional Railroad Facts and Figures, with an all-new format and detailed information on the short line industry.

ASLRRA Publishes Annual Jake Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, DC – June 14, 2017 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has announced the 308 railroad recipients of its annual Jake Awards, recognizing above-industry average safety performance during 2016.  To be honored with a Jake Award an ASLRRA member railroad must  perform better than the Class II and III industry average injury frequency rate as reported by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) during the prior year.

ASLRRA Honors Excellence at 2017 CONNECTIONS Convention

WASHINGTON, DC – May 8, 2017 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) 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.

ASLRRA Honors Individuals for Career Excellence in Safety

WASHINGTON, DC – 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.

Small Railroads Call on Subcommittee to Support Regulations That Are Cost and Benefit Focused

Washington, DC – APRIL 26, 2017 -Darr calls for regulations that provide proven safety benefits, cautions against a one-size-fits-all approach.

ASLRRA Launches Short Line Education Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 7, 2017 – Washington, DC – April 7, 2017 – Today the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced the creation of a Short Line Education Fund to address industry training and certification needs; communicate and promote the value of short line railroads to decision makers, customers and industry stakeholders; and build a library of industry-specific research, education and training materials.

ASLRRA Supports Your Grateful Nation, Providing Dinner for Fisher House Residents

WASHINGTON, DC - March 24, 2017 -  “We have the utmost respect for the men and women in uniform that defend our freedom every day,” said Linda Darr, President, ASLRRA. “This is our small way of giving back to the families that have given so much for us.”

Railroad Day 2017 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 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.

Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act Introduced in the 115th Congress

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.


ASLRRA Joins AAR, ATA and OOIDA in opposing EPA Renewable Fuel Standard program changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 17, 2017