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.

 

ASLRRA Comments on House Passage of the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2)

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2020 - In response to the House passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), which represents the nation’s 600 small business freight railroads and hundreds of railroad suppliers, has identified both positive and concerning aspects of the surface transportation portion of the legislation for the short line industry going forward.

ASLRRA Recognizes Career Dedication to Railroad Safety

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 - The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has honored two individuals for their dedication to railroad safety, naming Jose Jimenez, Machinist, The Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) as Safety Person of the Year, and Travis Herod, SVP of Environmental, Health and Safety at Watco Companies (Watco) as the Safety Professional of the Year.

ASLRRA Comments on House T&I Committee Approval of INVEST in America Act (H.R. 2)

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) comments on House T&I Committee approval of INVEST in America Act, noting both positive advancements and opportunities to improve this legislation for the short line industry going forward.

Tom Lynch Joins ASLRRA As Vice President, Congressional Affairs

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has welcomed Tom Lynch as Vice President, Congressional Affairs, completing ASLRRA’s new in-house legislative team.

ASLRRA Announces 2020 Business Development Award Winners

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annually recognizes member railroads for outstanding business development activities designed to grow the short line railroad business.

ASLRRA Honors 295 Railroads for Safety Performance

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected its annual Jake Award recipients, recognizing 295 member railroads for their above-industry average safety performance during 2019.

ASLRRA Adds Mara Stark-Alcalá to its Legislative Team

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has bolstered its in-house Legislative team with the addition of Mara Stark-Alcalá, who has been named to the new role of Assistant Vice President, Congressional Affairs.

ASLRRA Marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2020 - While the coronavirus pandemic and the nation’s response to it continues to take center stage, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) celebrates this milestone anniversary of Earth Day, noting the short line industry’s contributions to providing sustainable, earth-friendly transportation.

Railroads Applaud Relief for Unemployed Rail Workers

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and The Association of American Railroads (AAR) issue a joint release applauding Congressional action via the CARES Act, providing the same vital protections extended to other impacted Americans.

ASLRRA Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductees

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) will launch the Short Line Railroad Industry Hall of Fame in 2020 to recognize short line railroad visionaries and stars who through their dedication, commitment and achievement best exemplify the qualities of innovation, entrepreneurialism, perseverance and service that have advanced the short line railroad industry.

U.S. Freight Rail Industry Comes to Washington

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2020 - 450 railroad industry employees knocked on 330 doors on Capitol Hill, exercising their first Amendment right to petition their government and tell their story at an annual gathering of freight rail professionals, known as Railroad Day on Capitol Hill.

Sarah Yurasko Joins ASLRRA as General Counsel

WASHINGTON, January 17, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) welcomes Sarah Yurasko, who brings extensive experience in representing railroad interests working for government, private entities and associations, as its General Counsel.

ASLRRA introduces Global Train Services, LLC (GTS) as its newest Preferred Provider in the Association’s Member Discount Program

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2020 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announces the addition of a new Preferred Provider in the Member Discount Program. GTS will provide both Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation and support services and grant writing services at a discounted rate to members.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Launches New Program to Modernize Rural Freight Rail

WASHINGTON, December 12, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces a new pilot program to expedite long-term, low-cost loans for America’s short line and regional freight railroads, including $26 million in financial support.

Short Lines to Congress: We Have the 'Right Stuff'

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2019 - Chuck Baker, President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) shared the short line story with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during a hearing entitled “Where’s My Stuff?: Examining the Economic, Environmental, and Societal Impacts of Freight Transportation”.

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