The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association is dedicated to keeping "Safety Number One," and we strive to accomplish this in a number of ways.
Safety & Security Resources
ASLRRA produces a number of aids to help member companies keep up with the latest safety regulations.
A unique benefit of membership is the availability of our expert staff to conduct comprehensive on-site compliance audits for member railroads. An ASLRRA representative will visit your railroad to observe and evaluate day-to-day operations and compliance practices. This assessment can be tailored to fit each railroad's specific requirements, and includes both on-site interaction with both management and field personnel and a verbal and written assessment and recommendations.
ASLRRA has made Compliance Templates available for parts of 49CFR.
One of the most active initiatives in the railroad industry has been analyzing the issues of roadway worker protection. The FAMES (Fatality Analysis of Maintenance-of-Way Employees and Signalmen) Committee, the industry-wide group that has focused on this important issue, is a voluntary committee of labor, management and government formed to review and analyze Roadway Worker Fatalities.
Safety & Compliance Training
ASLRRA, in conjunction with federal agencies, conducts Safety Training Seminars throughout the year. Seminar topics are determined by current issues and new or changed federal regulations.
Safety Awards Program
ASLRRA also recognizes those railroads that have outstanding safety records and safety programs with its nominated awards, the President’s Awards, and the Jake Awards. The nominated awards recognize individual superiority in implementing a rich safety culture, as well as company-wide efforts toward improving internal safety, while the President's and Jake Awards recognize outstanding safety achievements using statistical data from the FRA.
Short Line Safety Institute
The goal of the SLSI and its programs is for the short line and regional railroad industry to perform at an increasingly high level of safety by focusing not only on compliance, but on safety culture, defined as the shared values, actions, and behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to safety over competing goals and demands.
With congressional funding, the Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) functions to (a) conduct on-site assessments of safety culture, and (b) provide safety education and training for managers and employees of short line and regional railroads.