Experts from ASLRRA’s staff represent the short line industry, and particularly our members, testifying before a variety of Congressional and Regulatory bodies. We are engaged in topics such as rail technology trends, economic impact of rail, increases in truck size and weight, regulations and compliance issues, customer service, interchange challenges, safety and tax policies such as the short line tax credit. Below you will find recent written testimonies given by ASLRRA on behalf of our members.
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 12, 2024 — The ASLRRA provided responses to a November 2023 request for information from the U.S. Department of Energy, Progression to Net-Zero Emission Propulsion Technologies for The Rail Sector. ASLRRA outlined the current realities that small business freight railroads face, including limited capital, and the short to medium term limitations in commercial availability of locomotives using battery powered electric (BEL) and hydrogen fuel. The comments included the many ways that short lines are currently addressing environmental impact, and the outlining the challenges ahead for short lines in progressing to net-zero emission propulsion.