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goals and away from increasing market
share. This could have a negative impact
on the short line goal of increasing carload
traffic - the lifeblood of the industry.
Rising Operating Costs: With more
competition, railroads will need to become
even more resourceful, which is difficult for
Class II and III railroads that are already
highly efficient. Payroll expenses will
continue to rise, and companies are facing
increased capital costs for materials that
soon will be due for significant upgrades.
Rapidly Developing Technologies:
Although rail transportation itself is a relatively simple technology, the rail industry
will need to evaluate how information
systems, supply chain management and
automated manufacturing processes can
affect rail customers and traffic opportunities. The primary utilization of new
technology will involve mechanical and
operational applications and information
systems. One problem to be addressed is
poorly interpreted or not easily accessible
data generated by current information systems.
Need for Better Industry Data to
Tell Our Story: In its efforts to spearhead
change, ASLRRA will need a clearer
understanding of its members. To achieve
this, the Association could look to
augment traditional categorizations such as
ownership, mileage or revenue with train
speed or operating practice data. Having
more information about key attributes,
such as owned or leased right-of-way,
single or multiple Class I connections, and
originating versus terminating traffic, can
allow the Association to work better on
behalf of member companies to further
their interests and combat increased
competition and regulation. ASLRRA
would also be better able to represent its
members regarding legislative policies and
Class I relationships and support efforts to
renew the 45G tax credit.
The committee agreed that ASLRRA
should use the current political environment, which is calling for less regulation
and more support for business, in a way
that favors the short line industry. Doing

From left, Dale Hawk, Board Member of R. J. Corman Railroad Group; Mike Smith, President
of Finger Lakes Railway; and George Betke, CEO of Farmrail System Inc.

so involves strengthening relationships
with the Surface Transportation Board
(STB), Federal Railroad Administration
(FRA) and legislative committees.
"Our planning groups provided
thoughtful and thorough analysis of
the challenges we face and dedicated
significant time and energy to distilling
the analysis into actionable goals for
our industry, ensuring that ASLRRA
is well-positioned for the future," Darr
said. "I am confident that the work done

over the past 10 months will lead us to
new successes and enable us to fulfill the
vision of being the leading advocate and
essential partner for the short line railroad
industry and to be the authoritative voice
to industry stakeholders."
On Nov. 7-8, 2017, the committee
finalized the strategic plan objectives and
discussed implementation strategies. The
plan objectives and new vision and mission
statements were approved by the ASLRRA
Board of Directors on Dec. 10, 2017. —

Strategic Plan Objectives
* Educate short lines about the implications of both internal and external
applications of technology.
* Promote short line carload and business development opportunities
through communications and marketing efforts, data initiatives and
shipper collaboration.
* Help short lines reduce capital costs through a permanent 45G tax
credit, public infrastructure spending and state-level programs.
* Promote regulatory change in support of short line safety
and efficiency.
* Foster a positive relationship with policymakers and Class I's to
encourage and support opportunities for growth.
* Increase the industry's and the Association's knowledge base (data)
to better understand opportunities and interpret our industry to
stakeholders and decision-makers.
* Continue to support human resource development on all levels in
our industry.

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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
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Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - The Last Mile
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