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”.

ASLRRA Selects Ayers Electronic Systems to Provide PTC Implementation Coordination for Short Line Railroads

WASHINGTON, November 5, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announces the addition of a new Preferred Provider in the ASLRRA Member Discount Program, Ayers Electronic Systems, LLC (aE), providing a comprehensive approach to implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) for short line railroads.

ASLRRA Steps Up to Provide Disaster Response Resources to Members

WASHINGTON, October 28, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has developed and provided resources designed to proactively assist its members in addressing the challenges of both weather and non-weather caused emergency events affecting employees, shippers, infrastructure, and operations.

Tech Mahindra to Digitally Train Employees of U.S. Short Line Railroads to Increase Safety

WASHINGTON, NEW DELHI, October 21, 2019 - Tech Mahindra will launch digital training for employees of railroads in the U.S. for ASLRRA members.

CloudMoyo Collaborates with ASLRRA to Provide Industry Thought Leadership and Technology Education for Short Line and Regional Railroads

WASHINGTON, September 23, 2019 - ASLRRA and CloudMoyo will develop ongoing educational and informative webinars, focused on using next generation technologies.

U.S. House of Representatives Supports Short Line Tax Credit at Record High Numbers

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2019 - 272 Representatives Have Signed On to the BRACE Act, H.R. 510

ASLRRA Unveils PTC CI-BOS Agreement for Short Lines, Provided by Herzog

WASHINGTON, September 11, 2019 - Herzog Technology, Inc.’s Hosted CI-BOS is Delivers Short Line PTC Compliance at an Affordable Price

Short Line Tax Credit Reaches Historic Levels of U.S. Senate Support

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2019 - Senate Tally Crosses 60 Members – ASLRRA Says “Time is Now”

ASLRRA Urges DOT to Consider Small Business Perspective

WASHINGTON, August 19, 2019 - Jo Strang, Senior Vice President, Safety & Regulatory Policy for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) testified today on behalf of the nation’s 603 short line railroads before the Small Business Administration during a hearing on National Regulatory Fairness.

Senate Task Force Reports Confirm Need for Certainty in Tax Policy

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) issued the following statement regarding the release of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee taskforce reports that examined more than 40 temporary tax provisions that expired, or will expire, between December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2019.

ASLRRA Fall Regional Meetings Focus on Preparedness

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2019 - Three meetings provide best-practice education, networking and add-on training opportunities

ASLRRA Announces Annual Jake Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has awarded its annual Jake Award to 293 member railroads, recognizing above industry average safety performance during 2018..

ASLRRA Urges Congress to Act on Short Line Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2019 - The time is now, say the 1,000 railroad and supplier members of ASLRRA, for Congress to act on the Short Line 45G tax credit, expired since December 2017.

Railroad Industry Converges on Washington

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2019 - On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 550 railroad industry professionals from across the nation will participate in Railroad Day on Capitol Hill. 

ASLRRA Welcomes New Partner at CCH

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2019 - The lobbying firm of Chambers, Conlon and Hartwell (CC&H) is pleased to announce that Channon Hanna is joining the firm as a Partner. Ms. Hanna will work on various issues for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and for CC&H’s commuter rail and public transit clients.

ASLRRA 2019 Convention Highlights

ORLANDO, FL, April 10, 2019 - More than 1,700 members of the short line industry attended the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) 2019 CONNECTIONS Convention, held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

ASLRRA Honors Peter Gilbertson for Decades of Service

ORLANDO, FL, April 9, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected Peter A. Gilbertson, President and CEO of Anacostia Rail Holdings Company, as the recipient of the 2019 Thomas L. Schlosser Distinguished Service Award

ASLRRA Honors Career Dedication to Railroad Safety

ORLANDO, FL, April 8, 2019 - The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) today honored two outstanding individuals for their career commitment to railroad safety at the 2019 CONNECTIONS Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Short Line Railroads, NGVAmerica, to Host Congressional Tax Aides

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2019 - Today, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) will be on the Hill to host Congressional tax aides for a “lunch and learn” to discuss the impact that expired tax extenders .

Short Line Railroads Urge Congress - Take Action on Short Term Tax Policies

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 - Chuck Baker, President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroads Association (ASLRRA) submitted comments urging Congress to take action on the so-called “tax extender” policies which include the Short Line Tax Credit.

Chuck Baker Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON, February 26, 2019 - Today Chuck Baker, President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), testified before the Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety.

Short Line Tax Credit Tops 100 Co-sponsors in 116th Congress 

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2019 – Late yesterday, HR 510, which calls for permanence of the short line tax credit, formally received its 100th co-sponsor.

Senate Joins House in Call for Permanence of Short Line Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, January 25, 2019 – Today the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, S. 203, was introduced, offering permanence to the Short Line Railroad Maintenance Tax Credit (‘45G’) and providing application of the credit through 2018.

Chuck Baker Chosen to Lead ASLRRA

Today the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) Chair, Judy Petry, President and General Manager of Farmrail System, Inc., announced the ASLRRA Board’s appointment of Charles H. “Chuck” Baker as the Association’s new President. Baker will begin his tenure on February 4, 2019.

H.R. 510 Calls for Permanence of the Short Line Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2019 – Judy Petry, Chair of ASLRRA, and President and General Manager of Farmrail System, Inc. has issued a statement regarding the January 11, 2019 House Congressional action that offers permanence to the Short Line Railroad Maintenance Tax Credit (‘45G’) and provides retroactivity through December 31, 2018.

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