ASLRRA members have the option to hold membership in one of five internal committees or on one of numerous industry committees.

ASLRRA Committees

General Counsel Committee

Open to: In-house legal counsel and associate member outside legal counsel who function in a similar capacity for the short line and regional railroad industry.

Scope: Provides an opportunity for industry lawyers to share information on legal, regulatory and legislative interests; identifies and assists in the organization of educational events with relevance to the Class II and III industry; provides a collective perspective on policies, proposals, laws and regulations impacting the industry; advises on ASLRRA positions on regulatory and legal issues, and submissions.

Staff Contact: Keith Borman (

Legislative Policy Committee

Open to: Self-selected members interested in developing and directing the government affairs activities of the ASLRRA.

Scope: Funds much of the ASLRRA's political activities above and beyond their regular dues; meets formally and informally multiple times a year to develop and implement legislative proposals; oversees a national grassroots effort which conducts local public relations and political fundraising efforts; holds working sessions with Class I railroads, shippers and union representatives to discuss current and future industry issues. The cost of LPC membership varies from company to company, based primarily on operating revenue. For more information on how to apply for LPC membership, click here.

Staff Contact: Keith Hartwell (

Railroad Police and Security Committee

Open to: any ASLRRA railroad member.

Scope: Strives to establish a strategic focus for the purpose of protecting the railroad infrastructure, employees and customers from challenges and threats.

Staff Contact: JR Gelnar (

Safety and Training Committee

Open to: any ASLRRA railroad member.

Scope: provides performance benchmarks and best practices for the Membership; serves as a resource to the ASLRRA staff in response to regulatory activity, and as an advisor to the ASLRRA staff to determine the user services to be provided by the Association; provides feedback and input mechanisms for the membership; recognizes top performers and excellence amongst the membership in the safety arena.

Staff Contact: JR Gelnar (

Technology Committee

Open to: any ASLRRA railroad or associate member.

Scope: assesses technical issues related to Class II and III railroads operations and equipment; analyzes specific problems, changes in procedures, new equipment or equipment modifications, and rules changes that are in effect or being considered for implementation by the Class I industry, rail equipment suppliers or the federal government; assesses new and evolving technologies that may have benefits to the short line and regional railroad industry and make recommendations as to feasibility for use and procurement.

Staff Contact: Dave Whorton (

Industry Committees

Industry committees fall into several categories. Among those on which the ASLRRA has representation: Class I committees, Association of American Railroads (AAR) committees, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) committees, and Surface Transportation Board (STB) committees.

Class I Committees

Currently, four Class I railroads have short line caucuses or committees, and annual short line meetings. They are:

  • BNSF Railway (BNSF)
  • CSX Transportation (CSX)
  • Norfolk Southern (NS)
  • Union Pacific (UP)

In addition to BNSF, CSX, NS, and UP, three Class I railroads also have annual short line meetings: CN Railway (CN), Canadian Pacific (CP), and Kansas City Southern (KCS).

AAR Committees

Safety and Operations Management Committee (SOMC)

Provides overall authority for the rail industry's standards concerning interchange, hazardous materials, environmental and train control; develops predictive maintenance for the North American freight car and locomotive fleet; advances various security initiatives; discusses compensation issues concerning railroad owned cars.

FRA Committees

The ASLRRA takes an active role in the following two committees:

Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC)

Develops new regulatory standards; aims to fashion mutually satisfactory solutions on issues involving safety regulations.

Switching Operations Fatality Analysis (SOFA)

Reviews and analyzes switching fatalities; identifies whether trends exist; identifies best practices; formulates recommendations for the rail industry. 

STB Committees 

ASLRRA represents the interests of the Class II and III rail industry on three committees:

National Grain Car Council

Unites key players interested in the transportation of grain.

Railroad Industry Working Group (RIWG)

Facilitates and maintains communications between Class I railroads and Class II & III railroads; monitors activities under the Railway Industry Agreement.

Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC)

Serves as a forum for private-sector discussions regarding solutions to business conflicts.

For more information on these and other industry committees, contact Keith Borman (