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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    Operating Practices 101 Training Seminars

    November 1 - 3, 2016 - Baltimore, MD

    Throughout 2016, ASLRRA and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will conduct a series of Operating Practices Seminars to address the provisions of 49 CFR Parts 240 (Engineer Certification), 242 (Conductor Certification), and 217 (Railroad Operating Practices).


    ASLRRA Regional Meetings

    Southern: October 24 - 26, 2016 - Louisville, KY

    Central/Pacific: November 14 - 16, 2016 - Oklahoma City, OK

    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!

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News & Announcements

  • BRACE Act Reaches Critical Threshold in Senate and House

  • WASHINGTON, DC – October 4, 2016 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced today that the current bi-cameral Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act (S. 2595) (H.R. 4626) has achieved majority in the Senate, with 51 co-sponsors, and in the House of Representatives with 221 co-sponsors.

  • ASLRRA Selects eVerifile to Provide Custom Employment Screening Solutions for its Members

  • WASHINGTON – September 28, 2016 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) is pleased to announce its selection of eVerifile as a preferred provider in the association's Member Discount Program, and introduce eShortLine, eVerifile's contractor screening and workplace security management program designed specifically for short line railroads.

  • ASLRRA Applauds Amtrak Announcement

  • WASHINGTON – August 23, 2016 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) released the following statement by Linda Bauer Darr, President ASLRRA in response to the Amtrak Board of Directors’ introduction of Wick Moorman as President and CEO of Amtrak, succeeding Joe Boardman.