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St. Paul, MN | August 13

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Jacksonville, FL | Sep. 30-Oct. 2

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Dallas, TX | October 28-30

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Denver, CO | April 6-8

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Virtual Reality Courses Now Available: Freight Car Familiarization; Locomotive Daily Inspection; Class I Airbrake Test & Inspection

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August 27-28 | New Orleans, LA
 
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Sep. 30-Oct. 1 | Jacksonville, FL

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New Virtual Reality Training Modules Added To Short Line Training Center

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 22, 2024 — Today, three new virtual reality (VR) training modules have been added to the Short Line Training Center’s online Learning Management System (LMS) - Freight Car Familiarization, Locomotive Daily Inspection, and Class I Airbrake Test & Inspection. These training modules are the first use of VR for the LMS, offering enhanced engagement and motivation for trainees, improved safety and efficiency versus live training, and increased accessibility and scalability for railroads.

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Short Line CEO Testifies in ASLRRA's Behalf at House T&I Subcommittee Hearing on CARB In-Use Locomotive Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2024 — Dillon Olvera, President and CEO of the Modesto and Empire Traction Company (the MET), testified today on behalf of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials in a hearing, “An Examination of the California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) In-Use Locomotive Regulation.” Olvera shared the potential catastrophic impact that the CARB rule will have on short lines in California due to the cost of compliance. CARB’s new rule would force railroads to set aside significant revenue in a ‘savings account’ to acquire low and zero-emission locomotives that are not commercially available and not viable at-scale for the industry. This ignores and upends the fundamental business model of short line railroads. Furthermore, the rule is illegal, pre-empted by federal law including the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (ICCTA) and the Clean Air Act and the Locomotive Inspection Act, and evades any effort to recognize how it will uniquely impact small businesses.

View Olvera's written testimony here.

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ASLRRA Files Petition for Reconsideration of Signal Certification Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 12, 2024 – ASLRRA has submitted a petition for reconsideration of the Signal Certification rulemaking, specifically requesting that the Section 246.103(b), Certification program for new signal railroads be amended to “for each railroad that commences new dispatching operations after July 22, 2024.” This would clarify that existing, approved signal employee certification programs would transfer with the rail line to the new ownership, avoiding an unnecessary disruption to railroad operations. Secondly, ASLRRA asks FRA to modify § 246.123 to allow a railroad to rely on operational testing performed by another railroad, similar to the flexibility granted by § 246.125. This would alleviate the burdensome requirement of every railroad that uses a signal contactor to certify the same signalman annually. Finally, FRA should establish a de minimis exception from the requirements of part 246 that covers limited work to facilitate the adjustment, repair, or replacement of essential components of a highway-rail grade crossing warning system. Without this exception, FRA risks contributing to delays and a decrease in public safety at highway-rail grade crossings. ASLRRA also endorses the petition for reconsideration submitted by the Association of American Railroads and the petition for reconsideration by the Commuter Rail Coalition in this docket.