The COVID-19 virus pandemic has caused an unprecedented experience for our industry, and the communities we serve. Railroads across the country continued to move product, day in and day out as part of our nation’s “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
”. View a few examples of short line railroad’s responses to the pandemic that were reflected across the 1,000 short line and railroad supplier members here
As companies grapple with the ongoing impact of the global pandemic and return to office strategies, ASLRRA is working on our members’ behalf in a number of areas, including representing short line needs with regulators such as the FRA, PHMSA and STB, and with Congress to ensure that short lines are able to continue to contribute the economic recovery.
Additional resources for short lines recovering from the economic impact of COVID 19 can be accessed via the Small Business Administration
. The SBA can quickly process low-interest loans for small businesses that may need a short-term bridge. Click here
to learn more from the SBA directly. Click here
for a summary of SBA activities most relevant to short line railroads, produced by our friends at BlankRome and the Seneca Group.
Finally, visit the “Returning to Work
” area of the website to access additional resources.
Emergency Orders Still in Effect
Masks – Effective March 1, 2021, the FRA has issued a Mask Mandate (Emergency Order 32). The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has provided answers to Frequently Asked Questions on its website concerning a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order requiring the wearing of face masks during conveyance and in transportation hubs.
The questions are divided according to government agency and include a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) section.