Congress is one of the American public’s least favorite entities. Recent polling data puts the approval rating of Congress at 25%. Gallup’s long-standing “Confidence in U.S. Institutions” polling shows that Congress has maintained the lowest confidence rating of the 15 institutions listed since 2010.
The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has honored 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 PERSPECTIVE, RAILWAY AGE, JUNE 2020 ISSUE: National survey data indicate that 70% of Americans have not left their homes to visit family or friends, more than 50% have not gone into work, 20% do not leave their home to shop for the essentials of life, and 33% have someone in their household that has either lost a job or took a pay cut because of the coronavirus outbreak. A stunning 39 million Americans have filed for unemployment since early March.
Benjamin James Tarbutton, Jr. passed away on June 9 at the age of 90. Tarbutton had a lifelong career with the Sandersville Railroad Company, his family’s short line railroad business, which is now 127 years old. He worked there for 65 years until the time of his death, serving as President, Vice President and Director.
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected Tom Lynch as Vice President, Congressional Affairs, completing ASLRRA’s new in-house legislative team.
U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) recently introduced the Railroad Rehabilitation and Financing Innovation Act (RRFIA).
Editor’s Note: The following editorial by Ian Jefferies and Chuck Baker was originally published on May 8 by Morning Consult, a Washington D.C.-based tech company. – William C. Vantuono
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced three Anacostia affiliates—Louisville & Indiana Railroad Company; Northern Lines Railway, LLC, for the seventh year in a row; and Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad Company for the sixth year in a row—as winners of the Jake or Jake With Distinction Safety Awards for strong safety performance in 2019.
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected the Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) as the winner of its 2020 Business Development Award, recognizing INRD for its collaboration with Venture Logistics to drive growth in Central Indiana.
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has announced that Ann Arbor Railroad (AA), Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR), Railway Age’s 2020 Regional of the Year Honorable Mention, the Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD), and Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad (RBMN), Railway Age’s 2020 Regional of the Year, have taken home its annual Business Development Award.