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KEEPIN' IT RAIL

FALL 2016 // VOLUME 1 NO. 3

POWERFUL TOGETHER

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s we head into the final months of 2016, the power of association has been on my mind. By working together with our members this year, ASLRRA has achieved some critical milestones.
In July, we announced the recording of the 2,000th co-sponsor on the
Short Line Rehabilitation Tax Credit, or 45G, legislation that secures a
tax credit for capital investment in rail improvements.
This could not have been accomplished without the support of our
465 member railroads. Working together, ASLRRA's members defined the challenge (intensive capital requirements in the face of low margins), identified the benefits to the national
freight rail system (safer track and operations; efficient movement of goods over rail for
customers; keeping jobs local and keeping communities connected) and went to work to
educate customers, suppliers, community leaders and businesses, and Congress. Under the
leadership of our Board, the 45G tax credit was conceived.
The 45G tax credit, and this year's extender legislation, the BRACE Act, have been a
bipartisan effort to create and support a private solution to a public problem. The strong
congressional support we've continually received shows that 45G is good public policy.
Our supplier members have also stepped up beside our railroad members to join Saving
Our Service. This listing of customers served by short line and regional railroads illustrates
to Congress that the 45G tax credit is not a single-industry effort - it literally touches
every industry in the United States. As of this writing, we are more than halfway to our goal
of 1,000 customers signed on.
I'm pleased to report that we are well on our way to majority once again in the House
and the Senate on the BRACE Act, which seeks permanency for the 45G tax credit.
On behalf of our members, ASLRRA also challenged the proposed Train Crew Staffing
rule. At a hearing on July 15, we urged the Federal Railroad Administration to reconsider
this stance. It is a burdensome rule for our short line members, with no offsetting safety
improvement. It limits our ability to run our businesses efficiently and safely.
The power of association is illustrated throughout this issue, including our successes in
Washington; education and networking provided at our regional meetings; the important
work of our committees, such as the Safety and Training Committee; the recent achievements of the Short Line Safety Institute; special initiatives such as Positive Train Control
and the challenges of training tomorrow's railroad leaders. ASLRRA's members are working
together in many ways to provide value for our industry.
ASLRRA provides our members opportunities to achieve success at a level that no business could do alone.
I'm grateful for your partnership.

American Short Line and
Regional Railroad Association
50 F Street, N.W., Suite 7020
Washington, D.C. 20001
www.ASLRRA.org
(202) 628-4500

President

Linda Bauer Darr

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(202) 585-3438

Editorial Contributors

Tina Cox
J.R. Gelnar
Dean Krebs
Mike Ogborn
Todd A. Whitham
Dave Whorton

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