Press Releases

ASLRRA represents the interests of the nation’s 603 short line railroads, speaking on issues of importance to us in the media and in Congressional Hearings.  ASLRRA also represents industry interests in the regulatory arena, providing comments to issuing entities such as the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Department of Transportation (DOT) on the impact to our small business members.


Rockwell Collins Chosen to Provide PTC Safety Documentation Support to Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, October 8, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has taken the next step in their plan to provide a suite of services for short line railroads equipping for Positive Train Control (PTC) by selecting Rockwell Collins to assist tenant short lines in the creation of safety-related documentation required to obtain permission to operate over a host’s PTC territory.

ASLRRA Releases Economic Impact Report

WASHINGTON – July 26, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) today released an economic impact report, prepared by the professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Analysis in the report demonstrates that the short line industry, although small by some definitions, is mighty in its contributions to the U.S. economy.

ASLRRA Selects Companies to Provide Grant Writing Expertise to Member Short Lines

Bergmann, HDR, Inc. and R.L. Banks and Associates to be Inaugural Preferred Providers

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has tapped a number of experts to assist its member railroads in the submission of grant applications for programs currently available from the Department of Transportation (DOT), and other sources. 

ASLRRA's Linda Bauer Darr to Leave in July for New Position

WASHINGTON – June 6, 2018 – Today the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s Chair, Judy Petry, announced the Board of Director’s acceptance of Linda Bauer Darr’s resignation, effective July 27, 2018. 

ASLRRA Contracts with Herzog to Provide PTC Support to Member Short Lines

WASHINGTON DC – May 10, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has entered into an agreement with Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HERZOG) to provide Positive Train Control (PTC) support to its members.

Mort Fuller Awarded ASLRRA's Highest Honor

NASHVILLE, TN – April 11, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) recognized Mr. Mortimer "Mort" Fuller III for his 40 years of service to the short line industry. 

ASLRRA 2018 CONNECTIONS Delivers Unparalleled Education and Networking Opportunities

NASHVILLE, TN – April 11, 2018 – The short line industry gathered in near-record breaking numbers this week at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s 2018 CONNECTIONS Convention (ASLRRA), held at the Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee.

ASLRRA Honors Individuals for Career Dedication to Railroad Safety

NASHVILLE, TN – April 9, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) today honored two outstanding individuals for their career commitment to safety compliance and culture at the 2018 CONNECTIONS Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

ASLRRA Chair Urges Congress to Make 45G Tax Credit Permanent

WASHINGTON DC – March 14, 2018 – Today, Judy Petry, Chair of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and President of Farmrail, a 349-mile short line railroad in Oklahoma, testified before the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee on the subject of “Post Tax Reform Evaluation of Recently Expired Tax Provisions.” Petry urged the Subcommittee to make permanent the short line railroad 45G tax credit, one of the most heavily supported pieces of stand-alone tax legislation in this session of Congress with 256 bi-partisan co-sponsors in the House (HR 721).

ASLRRA Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON DC – March 13, 2018 – ASLRRA Senior VP of Safety and Regulatory Policy Jo Strang testified regarding short line infrastructure needs.

ASLRRA Congratulates Ron Batory

WASHINGTON, DC – February 14, 2018 –– Linda Bauer Darr, president of the American Short Lineand Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), today released the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Ronald L. Batory as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

45G Railroad Track Maintenance Credit Extended

WASHINGTON, DC – February 9, 2018 – ASLRRA applauds Congressional action that extends the Railroad Track Maintenance ‘45G’ tax credit retroactively through December 31, 2017 as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump.

Darr Calls for 45G Permanency in Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON, DC – January 18, 2018 – Today, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-hosted “America’s Infrastructure Summit: Time to Modernize,” Linda Bauer Darr outlined three critical priorities for American Short Line and Regional Railroad members in any considered infrastructure funding package.

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