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.


Light Bulb icon

Keep your team current on the latest practices, safety, technology and regulations.

Join Now

ASLRRA membership has its privileges!

Current Industry Issues

Comment Bubbles icon

Helping you to keep ahead of the curve on the regulatory and legislative fronts.


    2017 Railroad Day on Capitol Hill

    March 2, 2017 - Washington, DC

    Railroad Day on Capitol Hill has proven to be the single most effective way to get our message to Congress. The size of the event, the geographical diversity of the participants, and the unified railroad industry message has focused Congress on our issues like never before. Join us next year!


    2017 CONNECTIONS Convention

    April 22 - 25. 2017

    Registration is now open for our Annual Convention at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine Texas! To see all the great education and networking opportunities that we have in store for you, please click here!


    2017 ASLRRA Regional Meetings

    Southern: September 25 - 27, 2017 - Charleston, South Carolina

    Eastern: October 23 -25, 2017 - Providence, Rhode Island

    Central/Pacific: November 13 - 15, 2017 - Kansas City, Missouri

    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.

Full Calendar of ASLRRA Events
  • 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!

  • Short Line Safety Institute Webinars

    The Short Line Safety Institute is proud to offer webinars that will help keep you up to date on the latest safety regulation as well tips and tools to keep your railroad injury free! Please visit our website for upcoming and previously recorded webinars.

Full Calendar of Industry Events

Search for ASLRRA Members

Search for Railroad Members by State, Name, or Alpha Code

Search Railroad Members

Search for Supplier Members by the products and services offered

Search Supplier Members

News & Announcements

  • ASLRRA Looks Forward to Working with Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nov. 30, 2016 – Linda Bauer Darr, president of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), today released the following statement regarding President-elect Donald Trump's choice to be Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao.

  • ASLRRA Ready to Get to Work with Trump Transition Team

  • WASHINGTON, DC – November 9, 2016 – Today the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) issued the following statement regarding the 2016 election results. “ASLRRA looks forward to meeting with President-Elect Trump’s Transition Team, ensuring that our issues are well understood and represented in the going forward plans. Our Congress has significant work ahead of them. We will work with them to take up the issues of critical importance to our members from balanced regulation to two stated priorities of the incoming Administration and Congress: infrastructure and tax reform. By making the 45G railroad rehabilitation tax credit permanent, we will promote jobs and invest in a strong and sustainable rail infrastructure reaching rural communities and small town America.” Linda Bauer Darr, President, ASLRRA.

  • 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.