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.


June 13, 2018:
ASLRRA and AAR Submit Joint Comments on Section 106 Exemption.  ASLRRA and AAR joint statement on section 106 exemption 6/13/2018
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May 30, 2018:
Darr Responds to Transportation Research Board on TSW.  ALSRRA 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. Darr responds to transportation research board on TSW5/30/18
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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. Jo Strang press release after testifying on short line infrastructure needs.
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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” Jo Strang Testimony
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February 27, 2018:
BEFORE THE NATIONAL PROTECTION AND PROGRAMS DIRECTORATE (NPPD) 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.   Thomas Farmer to the NPPD of Homeland security on Information collection request  
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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.  Keith Borman before the FRA on Notice No.5 
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November 30, 2017:

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association comments on Proposed regulatory review to the Department of Transportation. DOCKET NO. DOT-OST-2017-0069: NOTIFICATION OF REGULATORY REVIEW. ASLRRA comments on Proposed review to the DoT
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November 29, 2017:
AAR and ASLRRA comments on the Environmental Impacts and Related Railroad Procedures to the Department of Transportation: federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Transit Administration ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS AND RELATED PROCEDURES. AAR and ASLRRA on Environmental Impacts and Railroad Procedures to DoT 
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October 16, 2017:
AAR and ASLRRA joint comments to the Department of Defense on Review of existing rules. Docket NO. COE-2017-0004. ASLRRA and AAR joint comments to DoD on Review of Existing Rules
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October 11, 2017:

Surface Transportation Board Listening Session - Public Listening Session Regarding CSX Transportation, Inc.’s Rail Service Issues, Docket No. EP 742
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September 12, 2017: 
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials
Hearing: Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Rail Stakeholders' Perspectives - Impact of 45G Short Line Railroad Tax Credit 
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April 26, 2017: 
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Hearing: Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: The State of Railroad, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials Safety Regulation and Opportunities for Reform 
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June 15, 2016 
Federal Railroad Administration: Hearing on Railroad Crew Size 
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May 13, 2015:
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Hearing: The 35th Anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act: Railroad Deregulation Past, Present, and Future 
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