ASLRRA MEMBER BENEFITS - RAILROADS
As the national trade association for the short line and regional railroad industry, ASLRRA offers a broad range of services and benefits available to you, your company, and your employees. From tools and training to help you operate your business and keep you in compliance, to discount pricing on products and services, to industry representation in the halls of Congress, ASLRRA membership delivers a great return on your dues investment.
ASLRRA provides compliance and business tools tailored specifically for short line and regional railroad members: 49CFR Template Programs; Compliance Audits; Hours of Service Waiver; RRIF Loan Assistance (small business & FEMA loans); and a searchable online directory to find industry partners, suppliers, products and services, nationwide.
Industry Intelligence & Expertise
ASLRRA provides the essential information you need to know to stay current in the industry and navigate complex compliance, regulatory and legal issues. Our staff experts are available to answer questions and provide guidance to members via phone and email, as well as in person at a range of industry meetings and events. Members gain access to our annual Fact Book, an essential industry data publication revealing important business development opportunities and market trends. You’ll also receive our bi-weekly newsletters, Views and News and members-only Short Line Inside Track, filled with the latest industry developments and essential information; an annual subscription to our new magazine debuting in spring 2016; plus, State Tracks regulatory updates and quarterly communications from association committees.
ASLRRA suppliers can participate in our member discount program, which leverages the buying power of the entire membership and secures "big company" discounts for even the smallest members. ASLRRA actively promotes its member discount partners to the membership, essentially becoming an extension of your salesforce and helping to grow your business in a cost-effective manner.
Professional Development, Training and Regulatory Templates
Access an array of industry-specific training programs and templates, designed to meet 49CFR regulations. Tap into ASLRRA’s live and pre-recorded webinars covering timely and relevant topics, and led by industry and subject matter experts. And there's always a great assortment of dynamic speakers and sessions at ASLRRA's annual CONNECTIONS Convention, regional meetings, and training seminars.
Networking and Collaboration
ASLRRA provides in-person and remote opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, discussion and sharing of best practices. Get connected and stay abreast of emerging trends through broad, industry-wide networking opportunities at ASLRRA's annual CONNECTIONS Convention, Railroad Day on Capitol Hill, and Regional Meetings. Opportunities also exist for members to serve on a range of committees focusing on important business and industry issues, and connect with peers and mentors/mentees through ASLRRA’S Young Professionals Group.
ASLRRA represents and promotes the industry's interests on Capitol Hill with lawmakers and regulators, working to eliminate unfair taxes and promoting common-sense regulation. ASLRRA's full-time, active lobbying team deals with issues that can help or hurt our industry, such as Positive Train Control and the 45G tax credit, and coordinates grassroots outreach and on-site events with legislators and member organizations. Staff experts serve and represent association members on important industry committees and groups, including: Railway Industry Working Group (RIWG); RSAC, and Class I Caucuses.
Working closely with the Short Line Safety Institute, ASLRRA members have access to Safety Culture Materials, and valuable safety audits.
ASLRRA sponsors annual industry awards to recognize the best in our business and honor outstanding accomplishment in a variety of areas. Awards categories include: “Jake” Safety Awards, Safety Professional of the Year, Safety Person of the Year, Entrepreneurial Marketing Awards, President’s Safety Awards, and Distinguished Service Award.