American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) is an organization that represents short line and regional railroads in North America.
The ASLRRA was founded in 1913 and represents approximately 600 owners and operators of short line and regional railroads throughout North America. These smaller railroads play a vital role in the hub-and-spoke transportation network, often providing the first-mile/last-mile connection between farmers and manufacturers and the ultimate consumer.
As a whole, short line railroads operate 50,000 miles of track or almost 40 percent of the national railroad network and handle in origination or destination one out of every four rail cars moving on the national system. These lines have increased from 8,000 miles of track in 1980 to 50,000 miles today. Short lines operate in nearly every U.S. state, and serve every corner of the country. Short lines operate 100 percent of the state’s total rail network in five states, and in 15 states they operate more than 50 percent of the railroad network. A wide range of goods are hauled by short lines, including chemicals, food products, aggregates and intermodal shipments.
Short lines today consist of a wide variety of types. Some are members of rail holding companies, some are large regional entities, and many are small, family-owned businesses. Together they represent a diverse collection of small businesses that have made good use of resources available to them. Short lines employ a skilled and productive workforce and place a large emphasis on safety training. Most of all, they are seen as aggressive marketers that fight as hard for single carload business as they do for unit trains, which has helped keep transportation costs as competitive as possible and has ultimately been good for the nation’s consumers.
The ASLRRA's membership consists of over 1,000 companies. Members include firms that provide railroad switching, terminal and tourist/excursion services and also companies that supply goods and services to the short line industry. ASLRRA serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities including training, meetings and conferences.
Official ASLRRA Website: https://www.aslrra.org/
Grand Elk Railroad (WAMX) No. 4124 heading to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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