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to offer information and ideas regarding
the impact of technology on the railroad
industry and how the Association
should respond.

Subgroups Focus on
the Future
Beyond these discussions, each of the
Strategic Planning Committee's groups
focused on its own set of topics.
The Future Leaders group and
ASLRRA's Young Professionals Group
worked together to evaluate the status of
younger members of the railroad industry.
The two groups wanted to understand
more about their colleagues' choice to work
in the industry, their particular experience
and training, and what would be needed
to keep them inspired and wanting to
continue their careers in railroading.
The Leaders group met with stakeholders and policymakers in Washington.
Its focus included speaking with legislative
and regulatory experts and shippers;

examining how data could be used to
endow ASLRRA members with greater
strategic intelligence; and exploring
ways to decrease overregulation and build
support for the short line rail industry.
The Founders group focused primarily
on carload issues and how the railroad
industry should operate in relation
to the trucking industry. Also, the
Founders encouraged ASLRRA
President Linda Bauer Darr to meet
with Class I CEOs to understand
how they viewed their relationship
with short line railroads.

Operating in a Challenging
New World
The Strategic Planning Committee based
its work in part on a member survey
and on an environmental scan. The scan
described how member railroads are facing
what the committee calls in its planning
report "almost unprecedented challenges,"
emphasizing an urgent need to adjust

thinking and make changes. Some of the
challenges identified include:
Lower Fuel Costs for Transportation:
Ten years ago, high fuel costs hampered
motor carriers and positioned rail for
increased growth. Today, domestic natural
gas production affects both energy costs
and rail's established coal-traffic base.
Increasing Competition from the
Surface Transportation Industry:
Trucks are putting more pressure on
railroads. Many improvements to motor
carriers are coming from outside the
industry, including retailers such as
Amazon who want to control and simplify
their supply and distribution chains. In
addition, trucking itself is becoming more
efficient, with new technology helping to
reduce costs.
Class I Operating Metrics: While
railroad management is looking at ways to
reduce costs, which can improve long-term
competitiveness, investor pressure might
transfer attention to short-term earnings

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Short Line Connector - Winter 2018

Keepin’ It Rail
Inside Track
Keeping Track
Welcome Aboard
Traffic Report
Trackside Chat
LOOKING AHEAD IN 2018
ASLRRA RELEASES STRATEGIC PLAN
READY FOR RECOVERY
MARKETING AWARD WINNER: PAN AM RAILWAYS
The Class Act
Legislative Log
Safety Central
Meet the Staff
Ad Index
In Transit
The Last Mile
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Cover1
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Cover2
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 1
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Keepin’ It Rail
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 3
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Inside Track
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Keeping Track
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Welcome Aboard
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 7
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Traffic Report
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 9
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Trackside Chat
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 11
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - LOOKING AHEAD IN 2018
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 13
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 14
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 15
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 16
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 17
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - ASLRRA RELEASES STRATEGIC PLAN
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 19
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 20
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 21
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - READY FOR RECOVERY
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 23
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 24
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - MARKETING AWARD WINNER: PAN AM RAILWAYS
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - The Class Act
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Legislative Log
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Safety Central
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Ad Index
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - In Transit
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 31
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - The Last Mile
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