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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HUB International Creates Health Insurance Program for Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2020 - The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announces a new members-only benefit program designed to address the rising costs of employee health insurance coverage, provided by HUB International (HUB), the world’s fifth largest insurance broker.

ASLRRA Comments on House Passage of the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2)

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2020 - In response to the House passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), which represents the nation’s 600 small business freight railroads and hundreds of railroad suppliers, has identified both positive and concerning aspects of the surface transportation portion of the legislation for the short line industry going forward.

ASLRRA Recognizes Career Dedication to Railroad Safety

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 - The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has honored two individuals for their dedication to railroad safety, naming Jose Jimenez, Machinist, The Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) as Safety Person of the Year, and Travis Herod, SVP of Environmental, Health and Safety at Watco Companies (Watco) as the Safety Professional of the Year.