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Association Briefs: SLSI, OneRail Coalition, ASLRRA

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
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Limited spots available in Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) leadership training. Also, the OneRail Coalition sends letters to lawmakers encouraging strong support for rail in appropriations packages; and American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) members receive preferred pricing on drug and alcohol testing services with Spark TS (previously Spark Training Solutions).


SLSI is holding its highly rated Leadership Development Class in Tacoma, Wash., Oct. 4-6 and Waterloo, Iowa Oct. 18-20.

Only six spots are available for the Tacoma class, while 10 spots are open in Waterloo. Click here to register for Tacoma or here to register for Waterloo.

According to SLSI, the Leadership Development Training “offers railroad managers at all levels a chance to improve their leadership skills, helping them learn how to become more effective communicators, provide constructive feedback, develop coaching skills and manage agreements.”

Watch a video overview of the SLSI’s program here.


The OneRail Coalition, a group of rail stakeholders of which ASLRRA is a member, sent letters on Aug. 31 to the leaders of the House and Senate’s respective appropriations committees “urging robust funding for rail, transit and multi-modal programs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations packages.”

The letters, which include a table listing (pictured above) of the programs OneRail wants to see funded and at what amount, also encourage lawmakers to support increased funding for grade crossing safety efforts and reject efforts to increase federal truck weight or length limitations.

View the House letter here, and the Senate letter here.


Spark TS, previously known as Spark Training Solutions, the exclusive preferred provider of drug and alcohol testing services in the ASLRRA’s Member Discount Program, has built a program to offer drug and alcohol testing services and programs to help railroads and contractors find the most effective strategies to manage their company, Part 219, and other DOT-regulated programs, the association announced in its latest News & Views newsletter.

According to ASLRRA, drug and alcohol program services include clinic and mobile or onsite testing services, laboratory and medical review officer (MRO) services, electronic chain of custody forms and third-party administrator (TPA) random testing and consortium.

“Spark is passionate about helping railroads and contractors meet Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) drug and alcohol testing requirements, delivering key differentiators for drug and alcohol testing services, including railroad-industry-specific expertise, online tools and key national partnerships,” the association said.

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