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

    May 24 - 26, 2016 - Kansas City, MO

    June 21 - 23, 2016 - Reno, NV

    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

    Eastern: September 12 - 14, 2016 - Indianapolis, IN

    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

  • ASLRRA Recognizes Four Short Lines for Outstanding Business Achievement

  • WASHINGTON - May 18, 2016 - Four short lines members of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) were recognized this year for their efforts in designing and enacting innovative and successful marketing initiatives in the challenging small railroad industry.

  • ASLRRA Honors Short Lines for Excellence in Safety

  • WASHINGTON - May 18, 2016 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) honored 324 Short Line Railroads for their safety performance throughout 2015, as well as individual honorees for their commitment to safety compliance and culture.

  • ASLRRA Installs New Board Leadership at 2016 CONNECTIONS Convention

  • WASHINGTON - May 3, 2016 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) installed Judy Petry, President and General Manager of Farmrail System, as its new Chairman. Peter V. "Doc" Claussen, Jr., President of the Gulf & Ohio Railways, was selected as the new Vice-Chairman of the Association, filling the role Petry previously held.

  • ASLRRA Produces Video Annual Report

    To view the 2015 Annual Report, unveiled at ASLRRA's 2016 CONNECTIONS Convention, click here

  • ASLRRA Launches Short Line Connector Magazine

  • Short Line Connector made its official debut at the ASLRRA CONNECTIONS convention and was well-received. Members can look for their print copy of the quarterly magazine in the mail shortly, and the Digital Edition is live.