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.

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Championing Industry Safety

ASLRRA provides the framework and support for our members to ensure compliance. 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. A key resource for all short line and regional railroad entities is the Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI). SLSI and its programs support the short line and regional railroad industry’s goal of performing at an increasingly higher level of safety by encouraging a focus on safety culture.


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  • Save the Date: 2021 Central Pacific Region Meeting

    June 7-9, 2021 | Kansas City Marriott, Kansas City, MO

  • Save the Date: 2021 Eastern Southern Region Meeting

    June 21-23, 2021 | The Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY

  • Save the Date: 2021 Annual Convention!

    November 17-19, 2021 | Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ

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    ASLRRA’s expanded educational offerings include On-Demand Webinars! ASLRRA webinars already provide flexible training to meet busy schedules; our great selection of On-Demand Webinars allow members to access valuable educational content at their convenience. Webinars cover a broad range of topics, including Regulatory Updates, Veterans Recruitment, Finance for Railroads, Social Media, Protecting Roadway Workers, and much more.

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Short Line Industry Set to Achieve Critical Support for Delivering on Mission

WASHINGTON, December 20, 2020 - The day's introduction of the large omnibus appropriations/coronavirus relief/tax legislation in the House of Representatives marks a significant milestone in the short line freight rail industry’s quest for certainty in tax policy that supports investments in critical small freight railroad infrastructure.

Short Lines Meet Virtually with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2020 - Leaders of three short line railroads and their key customers met with U.S. Senator Robert “Bob” Casey, Jr. (D-PA) for a discussion that included the value of freight rail to the economy, permanence of the Short Line Tax Credit (45G), which enables railroads to invest more of their private funds into infrastructure upgrades via a tax credit, and short line railroads’ resiliency during the COVID pandemic.

Short Lines Meet Virtually with Representative Rick Crawford

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2020 - With restrictions on in-person meetings continuing through the 116th Congressional Session, constituents must be creative in finding ways to connect their Congressional Representatives to their issues. The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA)’s government affairs team has been making use of technology such as Zoom to facilitate knowledge transfer.