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.

Championing Industry

Championing Industry Safety

ASLRRA provides the framework and support for our members to ensure compliance and a strong safety culture through our programming, and the Safety Institute respectively.  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.


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    2017 ASLRRA Regional Meetings

    Southern: September 25 - 27, 2017 - Charleston, South Carolina

    Eastern: October 23 -25, 2017 - Providence, Rhode Island

    Central/Pacific: November 13 - 15, 2017 - Kansas City, Missouri

    ASLRRA holds a three Regional Meetings each fall: Central/Pacific, Eastern, and Southern. These Regional Meetings are the must-attend events of the fall for everyone in the railroad industry, including Short Line and Class I railroad professionals, shippers, industry suppliers, and industry-affiliated stakeholders. Plus, the enhanced educational content will benefit the management team and personnel in every role from safety, operations, and engineering professionals to general managers, marketing, and business development personnel.

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  • ASLRRA Webinars

    The ASLRRA is pleased to offer flexible training options that fit your busy schedule with our live and pre-recorded webinars. ASLRRA webinars will help you stay current on industry issues and acquire new skills!

  • Short Line Safety Institute Webinars

    The Short Line Safety Institute is proud to offer webinars that will help keep you up to date on the latest safety regulation as well tips and tools to keep your railroad injury free! Please visit our website for upcoming and previously recorded webinars.

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News & Announcements


  • Short Line Industry Reaches Fatality-Free Milestone

    WASHINGTON, DC – November 8, 2017 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) today recognizes the significant safety achievement of the industry’s 603 short line railroads – operating for a full year fatality-free.
  • ASLRRA Looks Forward to Working With Administrator "Skip" Elliott

    WASHINGTON, DC – October 6, 2017 – Linda Bauer Darr, on behalf of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), offered the following statement regarding last night’s Senate confirmation of Howard “Skip” Elliott for Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

    ASLRRA’s Darr Testifies in Support of Infrastructure Needs of Short Line Railroads

    WASHINGTON, DC – October 4, 2017 – On behalf of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) nearly 1,000 small business railroad and supplier members, Linda Bauer Darr today participated in a hearing before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials in support of the infrastructure needs of small business railroads.
  • ASLRRA Chooses Elavon as Newest Preferred Provider

    WASHINGTON, DC, October 2, 2017 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced the addition of Elavon, a leading provider of payment solutions and subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), to its Member Discount Program. Elavon, a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), provides secure payment processing to a wide variety of industries, with tailored solutions to meet the needs of each partner.
  • Bi-Cameral BRACE Act Achieves Majority in Congress

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 17, 2017 –Today the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced that the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, introduced in March of this year, has achieved 226 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives (H.R. 721) and 51 co-sponsors in the Senate (S. 407).