Stark-Alcalá Tabbed as ASLRRA VP, Congressional Affairs

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has added to its Legislative team Mara Stark-Alcalá, who has been named to the new role of Assistant Vice President, Congressional Affairs.

Flexible, Creative and Keenly Aware

ASLRRA PERSPECTIVE, RAILWAY AGE APRIL 2020 ISSUE: As with every other business in the country, short line freight railroad operations are increasingly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and it will get worse before it gets better. Those that can in our workforce are working remotely. Operations, dispatching and maintenance workers are heroically doing what they can to make the trains run on time. Many of our customers are under severe duress that affects our train schedules, loadings and unloadings, and ultimately our revenue. As of this writing on March 30, about 15% of our short lines report they have employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in self-quarantine.

ASLRRA Announces Short Line Hall of Fame, Inducts Inaugural Class

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) plans to launch the Short Line Railroad Industry Hall of Fame in 2020 to “recognize short line railroad visionaries and stars who through their dedication, commitment and achievement best exemplify the qualities of innovation, entrepreneurialism, perseverance and service that have advanced the short line railroad industry.”

ASLRRA: Yurasko New General Counsel; Reilly Signs On For PTC

Two experienced railroad professionals—Sarah Yurasko and Eileen Reilly—have joined the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) in legal and technology consulting roles, respectively. Yurasko is the Association’s new General Counsel, replacing Keith Borman, who retired after 15 years. Reilly’s company, Global Train Services LLC, has signed on as a consultant for Positive Train Control services.

The “Baking” of Short Line Sustenance

WATCHING WASHINGTON, RAILWAY AGE DECEMBER 2019 ISSUE: Kermit the Frog won our hearts singing “lovers, the dreamers and me,” while Thomas the Tank Engine’s “yes we can” encouraged us and Barack Obama’s “Audacity of Hope” inspired us. These words also describe small-railroad entrepreneurs providing the first and last mile for one of every five carloads.

Baker to Congress: Short Lines Have “The Right Stuff”

Chuck Baker, President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), on Dec. 5 testified before a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing entitled “Where’s My Stuff?: Examining the Economic, Environmental, and Societal Impacts of Freight Transportation.” Two subcommittees—Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and Highways and Transit—jointly hosted the hearing.

Weather or Not: ASLRRA Offers Disaster Preparedness Resources

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has developed and provided resources designed to proactively assist its members in addressing the challenges of both weather- and non-weather-caused emergency events affecting employees, shippers, infrastructure and operations.

Short Line Tax Credit Eclipses 2/3 House Support

Sixty-two and 294—these two numbers may seem arbitrary to some, but they’re music to the ears of Short Line Tax Credit supporters.

Tech Mahindra to Launch PTC Training for Short Lines

Tech Mahindra will launch a subscription-based Positive Train Control (PTC) digital training program customized for employees of short line railroads in the U.S. for American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) members.

ASLRRA, CloudMoyo Launch Webinar Series

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and CloudMoyo, a provider of AI (artificial intelligence)-based management technologies, have launched a new education initiative consisting of webinars “focused on using next-generation technologies to address key challenges and opportunities for short line and regional railroads, driving operational efficiencies, increasing revenue, and ensuring workplace safety and compliance with regulations.”