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2021

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.


ASLRRA Urges Swift U.S. House Action Following Senate Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON, August 10, 2021 - In response to today’s Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by a vote of 69-30, The American Short Line Railroad Association (ASLRRA) provided a statement to the media.


ASLRRA Commends Senate Action to Move Infrastructure Bill Forward

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2021 - Today, the Senate took action to advance the bi-partisan infrastructure proposal that includes the Surface Transportation Investment Act (STIA). The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), representing the nation’s 600 small business freight railroads and hundreds of railroad suppliers, strongly supported the Act following its introduction on June 10, 2021.


ASLRRA Comments on House Passage of the INVEST in America Act

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2021 - Opportunity Remains Going Forward to Produce a Rail Title of Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill that Benefits Short Line Freight Railroads and Supports the Key Role Short Lines Can Play in Growing the Economy, Protecting the Environment, Improving Transportation Safety, and Reducing the Congestion and Maintenance Burden of Heavy Freight on Highways.


ASLRRA Commends Bi-Partisan Committee Approval of Senate's Surface Transportation Investment Act

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021 - Legislation will support the U.S. freight transportation network and the growth of small business railroads.


ASLRRA Strongly Supports Senate's Surface Transportation Investment Act

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2021 - Bill Rises to the Moment for the Country, Supporting the Key Role Short Lines Can Play in Growing the Economy, Protecting the Environment, Improving Transportation Safety, and Reducing the Burden of Heavy Freight on Highways.


ASLRRA Comments on Introduction of INVEST in America Act

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2021 - “We recognize the need for a large and transformational infrastructure investment to support the American economy and protect our environment long into the future, and believe there is an opportunity right now to accomplish this long-held bipartisan goal.


ASLRRA Honors 346 Railroads for Safety Performance

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2021 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) today announced the recipients of the Jake Safety Awards, including nineteen member railroads being recognized as President’s Safety Award winners.


Zachary M. Radford Joins ASLRRA's Congressional Affairs Team

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2021 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) welcomes Zachary M. Radford as the Association’s Assistant Vice President of Congressional Affairs. He will report to ASLRRA’s Vice President of Congressional Affairs Tom Lynch.


Short Lines Will Find a Lot to Like in Senate EPW Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2021 - "ASLRRA welcomes the bipartisan, unanimous U.S Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee report out of their portion of the surface transportation reauthorization bill.”


ORR Safety Joins ASLRRA's Member Discount Program

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2021 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announces its newest Member Discount Program provider, ORR Safety. ORR Safety is an ISO 9001-registered distributor of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and related services to the industrial market.


Short Lines Outline Key Economic Impacts, Environmental Benefits, and Growth Strategies During Congressional Hearing

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2021 - ASLRRA member Caren Kraska, President and Chairman of A&M Railroad, provides testimony during a hearing entitled, “Full Steam Ahead for Rail: Why Rail is More Relevant Than Ever for Economic and Environmental Progress.”


Railroad Subcommittee Chair Donald Payne, Jr. Meets with Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2021 - Leaders of three railroad members of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) met with Representative Donald J. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ, 10th), the new Chairman of the powerful U. S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials via Zoom.


Short Lines Share Industry Priorities with NTSB Member Jennifer Homendy

WASHINGTON, January 21, 2021 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) had the opportunity to share short line freight industry challenges and opportunities, safety initiatives undertaken, and the many ways that short line freight railroads are responding as part of the nation’s critical workforce during the pandemic with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Member Jennifer Homendy and members of NTSB staff via Zoom call recently.