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 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 aboveindustry 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 railroadsafety 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.

Wabtec to Provide a PTC Multi-Tenant Hosted Solution to ASLRRA Member Short Lines

WASHINGTON, November 8, 2018 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has entered into an agreement with Wabtec Railway Electronics, Inc. (Wabtec) to provide Positive Train Control (PTC) support to its members via the WabtecCloud Multi-Tenant Back Office (MTBO) solution.

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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