Representing the Short Line Industry - Telling Our Story

Experts from ASLRRA’s staff represent the short line industry, and particularly our members, testifying before a variety of Congressional and Regulatory bodies.  We are engaged in topics such as rail technology trends, economic impact of rail, increases in truck size and weight, regulations and compliance issues, customer service, interchange challenges, safety and tax policies such as the short line tax credit. Below you will find recent written testimonies given by ASLRRA on behalf of our members.

August 19, 2019:
ASLRRA Submits Testimony to Small Business Administration for National Regulatory Fairness Hearing.
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July 31, 2019:
ASLRRA joins AAR in providing comments in response to FRA’s Guidance on Section 106 ROW Exemption. The comments list several areas in the proposed Guidance that are concerning to the industry, and overall suggest that the Guidance ignores Congressional intent of Section 11504 of the 2015 FAST Act. The railroad industry encourages DOT to develop final guidance that limits Section 106 consultation to exceptional historic properties that uniquely “illustrate the history of the development of the nation’s railroads or rail transit systems,” in accordance with the FAST Act.
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July 8, 2019:
ASLRRA joins AAR in providing comments in response to FRA’s proposal to revise its regulation governing the qualification and certification of locomotive engineers. The railroads take no issue with the creation of the unified OCRB but have concerns with some of the additional burdens created by this notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”).
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July 8, 2019:
ASLRRA joins AAR in providing comments in response to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s June 6, 2019 Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a Special Permit (SP) Request for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by Rail
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June 28, 2019:
ASLRRA joins AAR in providing comments on Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) proposal to move FRA civil penalties schedules and guidelines from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to the FRA website.
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June 6, 2019:
ASLRRA provides Testimony on behalf of 45G/Short Line Maintenance Tax Credit before the United States Senate Finance Committee’s Cost Recovery Task Force.
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June 6, 2019:

ASLRRA provides comment on behalf of Class II and Class III railroads re: Surface Transportation Board Docket No. EP 754 -Oversight Hearing on Demurrage and Accessorial Charges.
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April 12, 2019:
ASLRRA joins AAR in providing supportive comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers’ February 14, 2019 notice of proposed rulemaking “Revised Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’” addressing the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et. seq.
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March 12, 2019:
Chuck Baker provides written statement for House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee hearing on “Temporary Policy in the Internal Revenue Code”.
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February 26, 2019:
ASLRRA provided a written statement for House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change”, providing ASLSRRA perspective on the effect thattax and truck size and weight policies can have on climate change and on the efforts that Class II and III railroads are already making to provide safe, reliable, and fuel-efficient transportation.
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February 26, 2019:
ASLRRA President Chuck Baker testifies before Senate Commerce Committee, Transportation and Safety Subcommittee.
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September 17, 2018:
ASLRRA submits comments supporting AAR on OSHA Cranes & Derricks Rule and the expansion of railway work exemptions.
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August 20, 2018:
ASLRRA and AAR submitted joint comments responding to the CEQ’s ANPRM on Implementation of Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act. 

June 13, 2018:
ASLRRA and AAR Submit Joint Comments on Section 106 Exemption.  6/13/2018
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May 23, 2018:
 ASLRRA President Linda Darr sent a letter to the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Truck Size and Weight Research Plan Committee last week detailing the Association’s concern with the committee omitting rail freight diversion from its initial public report.
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May 21, 2018:
House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways & Transit, Coalition letter addressing opposition to truck size and weight increases ahead of hearing on “FAST Act Implementation: Motor Carrier Provisions” 
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May 16, 2018:
DOCKET NO. FRA-2018-0027: AUTOMATION IN THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY: REQUEST FOR INFORMATION.  Response to FRA on Railroad Industry Automation. Comments on FRA Railroad Industry Automation 5/16/2018
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March 21, 2018:
ASLRRA representatives Jo Strang and Judy Petry testified at separate hearings on Capitol Hill in favor of equitable transportation funding opportunities and the need for permanence for the 45G tax credit.
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March 21, 2018:
Jo Strang testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on The Rebuilding of Infrastructure in America: State and Local Transportation Needs.  
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March 21, 2018:
Judy Petry press release following house hearing on 45G tax credit. 
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March 21, 2018:
Judy Petry testimony before House Ways and Means on 45G tax credit.
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March 13, 2018:
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Merchant Marine, Infrastructure, Safety and Security, Hearing on “The Rebuilding of Infrastructure in America: State and Local Transportation Needs”
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February 27, 2018:
Before the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and Department of Homeland Security. Docket No. DHS-2017-0037: Information Collection Request Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Personnel Surety Program. Comment submitted by Thomas Farmer on behalf of AAR and ASLRRA.
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January 22, 2018:
Before the Federal Railroad Administration.  DOCKET NO. FRA-2009–0033, Notice No. 5 Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees.
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