Over-Burdensome Regulations

As a particular, and critical, subset of Railroads, the short line industry is unique in that we are small, entrepreneurial business. More than half of our members have less that eight railroad employees. As such, Regulations meant for larger entities can be over-burdensome from a staff-time, complexity, and implementation cost perspective.

Our industry experts work on members’ behalf to ensure that the unique challenges of small railroads are appropriately considered in the Regulatory framework. We work closely with regulatory bodies such as the Federal Railroad Administration, and the Surface Transportation Board to ensure that our needs are understood and addressed.

ASLRRA is tracking any change to Crew Size Standards, and provides comments on proposed rulemakings to regulatory bodies on behalf of the ASLRRA. These comments can be found here. For assistance with a regulatory or compliance question, contact JR Gelnar (, 202-585-3436), or Jo Strang (, 202-585-3432).