Supporting Congressional Action
Tackling climate change will require a cooperative effort between government and the private sector and it is likely that an infrastructure funding bill will be the legislative vehicle that shapes that effort.
The ASLRRA’s legislative priorities for the rail portion of infrastructure legislation include:
Increase CRISI Funding - The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program is a very popular and successful program that includes short line railroads as eligible applicants. CRISI funding should be increased and there should be no big, new set-asides to ensure an even playing field for all applicants, including small business freight railroads. For more information on this legislative priority, visit our page.
No Increases to Truck Size and Weight (TSW) Limits - Increases and exceptions to current federal law resulting in a shift from
freight rail to truck transportation would be harmful to everyday drivers, the environment and the public infrastructure paid for with taxpayer dollars. We oppose any legislation that increases current limits. For more information on TSW, visit our webpage.
Other Grant Programs - Congress should ensure short line railroad projects can access funding through programs like INFRA,
BUILD, and new transportation grant programs targeting emissions and congestion reduction by including freight rail project eligibility and maintaining rural and small project participation. For more information on this legislative priority, visit our webpage.
Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) - Continue federal support for the SLSI. The SLSI helps build a stronger, more sustainable safety culture through safety culture assessments, training and education - including the safe transportation of energy products and hazardous materials - outreach activities, and research.
No Crew Size Mandate - Safety is our top priority, but there is no safety data to support the need for a crew size mandate, which
could impede development and adoption of new safety technologies. Crew sizes have always been and should continue to be handled as part of collective bargaining agreements and not a one-size-fits-all federal mandate. For more information on this legislative priority, visit our webpage.
*According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Reporting
**Association of American Railroads (AAR) Freight Railroads & Climate Change Report, March 2021