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. 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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ASLRRA Deems Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act a Historic Victory for the Short Line Industry

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2021 - “Today marks a historic victory for the short line industry, the economies we support in large and small towns across America, and the thousands of industrial, manufacturing, energy, and agricultural customers we proudly serve daily. The passage of the IIJA brings an end to the Groundhog Day announcements by several administrations that the time to do an infrastructure bill is now, and instead ushers in an era of building that infrastructure."

Vancer Honored with ASLRRA’s 2021 Veterans Engagement Award

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2021 - The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) congratulates Vancer, who has been selected as the 2021 Veterans Engagement Award winner for focused and sustained efforts to recruit and retain veterans for employment, and for the company’s efforts beyond their workplace in supporting skill development for military veterans and their families.

ASLRRA Selects 2021 Business Development Award Winners

WASHINGTON, September 1, 2021 - Despite the challenges of operating during a worldwide pandemic, short line railroads continue to create value for customers, the communities they serve and the U.S. economy.