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LEGISLATIVE LOG

THE IMPACT OF SHOW-AND-TELL
ASLRRA's grass-roots program draws members
of Congress to short line railroads
BY LINDSEY COLLINS

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Rep. Jackie Walorski
and members of Grand
Elk Railroad toured the
Alliance Sheets plant.
From left, Damien
Cantrell and Kirk
Small of Grand Elk
Railroad; Walorski;
and Doug Shaeffer
from Alliance Sheets.

Photo courtesy of Grand Elk Railroad

ecause it's more effective to showand-tell rather than simply tell,
ASLRRA's grass-roots program
was created to invite U.S. representatives and senators to visit ASLRRA
member railroads.
These visits not only give members of
Congress firsthand knowledge of the rail
industry, but they also demonstrate how
short line railroads are benefiting the
industry and economy. The results include
positive publicity for the railroad, a good
working relationship with the railroad's
member of Congress and a strong contact
for ASLRRA to use when advocating on
behalf of the industry on Capitol Hill.
This year, ASLRRA member railroads
- including Temple & Central Texas
Railway and Grand Elk Railroad (GDLK)
- have hosted 13 members of Congress.
On Aug. 9, Rep. John Carter (R-Texas)
joined representatives of Temple & Central
Texas, one of 12 short line railroads
managed by Patriot Rail Company LLC.
The tour was led by David Lutz,
Operations Manager for Temple & Central
Texas, a railroad that operates more
than 10 miles of rail line in the Central
Pointe Rail Park, a 3,500-acre industrial
park with 50-plus tenants. Strategically
located between Dallas, Houston and San
Antonio, the park has rail service, utilities,
developed streets and its own fire station,
airport and medical center. Temple &
Central Texas was awarded an exclusive
long-term license agreement by the city of
Temple to provide rail switching and other
rail-related services to customers at the
park. The railroad interchanges traffic with
Class I rail carrier BNSF.
"Freight rail is imperative to economic
growth and prosperity, and I am proud to

represent one of our nation's premier short
line rail lines supporting our economy
in Central Texas," Carter said. "It was a
pleasure to learn more about the Temple
& Central Texas Railway, the services
they provide in Texas' 31st District, and
meet with and listen to the concerns
of their employees. Their commitment
to providing impeccable rail service in
Temple has enabled Central Texas businesses to thrive."
On Oct. 20, Rep. Jackie Walorski
(R-Ind.) joined representatives from
GDLK at Alliance Sheets to tour Alliance's
plant in Bristol, Indiana. GDLK began
operations on March 8, 2009, as Watco's
first railroad to operate in Michigan and
Indiana. It covers 143 miles from Grand
Rapids, Michigan, to Elkhart, Indiana.
Doug Shaeffer, General Manager of Alliance Sheets, led the tour.
In March 2014, Alliance Sheets, a
corrugated paperboard company,
announced an investment of $24 million
into the new plant in Bristol. During
the tour, Shaeffer made it clear to the
congresswoman that the company would
not have made the investment without

the presence of reliable and safe rail
access. Alliance Sheets and other
shippers - especially those that are a
part of Saving Our Service, a cohort of
nearly 600 shippers that have vocalized
their support for 45G - help ASLRRA
amplify its message and show that
the success of short line railroads has
a significant ripple effect throughout
the national economy.
Walorski became a co-sponsor of
the most recent 45G legislation earlier
this year.
These congressional visits are coordinated and executed by ASLRRA staff
with minimal work required by the
host railroad. If your company is
interested in hosting your member
of Congress for a visit, contact Lindsey
Collins at lindsey.collins@cch-llc.com or
(202) 715-2916 to begin the process. —
Lindsey Collins is
ASLRRA's Grass-roots
& Fundraising Organizer
and an Associate at
Chambers, Conlon &
Hartwell LLC.

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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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