Rail Resources

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    Association of American Railroads (AAR) 

    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is the world’s leading railroad policy, research and technology organization focusing on the safety and productivity of rail carriers. AAR members include the major freight railroads of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak.

    American Railway Car Institute Committee (ARCI) 

    The American Railway Car Institute (ARCI) has represented the North American freight car building industry for over 75 years. Membership comprises the major North American freight car manufacturers. The role of the ARCI is to work in coordination with the Association of American Railroads on freight car design standards, to tabulate and report North American freight car information, and to represent the specific interests of railcar builders in federal legislative and regulatory matters.

    American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) 

    The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) is a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of its 450 short line and regional railroad members in legislative and regulatory matters. Short line and regional railroads are an important and growing component of the railroad industry. Today, they operate and maintain 30 percent of the American railroad industry’s route mileage, and account for 9 percent of the rail industry’s freight revenue and 12 percent of railroad employment.

    Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers (CARS) 

    Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers (CARS) is the only national trade and advocacy association representing rail suppliers for rail freight and transit solely focused on the Canadian market. CARS represents over 400 companies who are important to the operations of the railways and transit authorities.

    Federal Railroad Association (FRA)

    The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. It is one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation concerned with intermodal transportation. FRA’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future. FRA’s Office of Railroad Safety promotes and regulates safety throughout the Nation’s railroad industry. The office executes its regulatory and inspection responsibilities through a diverse staff of railroad safety experts.

    GoRail

    GoRail unites rail stakeholders with community leaders and the public in support of rail solutions to tomorrow’s transportation challenges. GoRail believes that every additional ton of freight moving by rail instead of over our congested highways means more jobs and a stronger economy, less pollution and cleaner skies, and greater fuel efficiency and clearer roads ahead. GoRail was founded on the principle that “all politics is local” and that direct input from constituents is the best way to communicate with Members of Congress.

    North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) 

    The North American Rail Shippers Association is the umbrella organization that links five regional associations of rail owners, vendors and users in Canada, Mexico and the United States. Its membership consists of the officers of each regional association, plus six elected officers and a board of directors. The regional associations comprise individuals whose companies own and use rail service. Matters affecting reliable rail service are of vital interest to all and these individuals find it beneficial to attend meetings featuring speakers on regional and national rail issues in a relaxed collaborative manner. Regional meetings are generally held twice a year. Individuals may belong to more than one regional group if they wish and attend any regional meeting.

    North American Freight Car Association (NAFCA)

    The North American Freight Car Association’s mission is to promote the safe, efficient and economical use of private railcars. Also NAFCA investigates and educates regarding operational, regulatory, economic, and legal matters that affect private cars. The group also will secure the establishment and maintenance of reasonable, equitable and lawful practices and rules affecting the use of, repair of, and principles of compensation for, all private cars.

    Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

    The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is a United States Department of Transportation agency created in 2004, responsible for developing and enforcing regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the US’ 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation. The administration is also responsible for the nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air. The agency also oversees the nation’s pipeline infrastructure which accounts for 64 percent of the energy commodities consumed in the United States.[1] Made up of the Office of Pipeline Safety and the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, PHMSA’s main mission is to protect the people and the environment from the inherent risks associations with the transportation of hazardous materials, whether it be by pipeline or other modes of transport.

    Railway Supply Institute (RSI)

    The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) connects members to their customers and represents the railroad supply industry in Washington, D.C. RSI is the only trade association representing the entire rail supply industry – manufacturers, distributors, and service providers to the freight car, locomotive, maintenance-of-way, communications, signaling, leasing, and passenger rail industries.

    Railinc 

    Railinc Corporation provides rail data and information technology services to the North American freight railway industry. Railinc was established as an information technology department within the Association of American Railroads AAR, and later spun off as a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of the AAR in 1998.

    The Railroad Research Foundation (RRF)

    The Railroad Research Foundation (RRF) was established in 1999. The foundation undertakes research and development projects devoted to sustaining the safety and security of the railroad industry and to advance the use of technology, market based policies and education in the public interest. The systems and tools developed through RRF research projects are intended to be integrated throughout the rail network.

    Traffic Club of Chicago

    The Traffic Club of Chicago share common interests and promote the industry. This organization is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of the transportation, distribution and logistics profession.

    Western Railway Club

    The Western Railway Club is one of the premier associations still very active in the railroad industry and railway supply industry. The organization was established in the late 1880’s, and has been very much involved in the promotion of dialogue and the exchange of information within the railroad industry for well over 120 years

     

    Trade Associationsopen/close

    American Chemistry Council (ACC)

    The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC’s) mission is to deliver business value through exceptional advocacy using best-in-class member performance, political engagement, communications and scientific research. The ACC implemented the Responsible Care program in 1988. Responsible Care is the chemistry industry’s world-class performance initiative. Its companies are industry leaders, bound together by a commitment to address challenges and continuously improve the performance of the chemical industry.

    National Coal Transportation Association (NCTA)

    The Mission of the National Coal Transportation Association (NCTA) is to provide education and facilitation for the resolution of coal transportation issues in order to serve the needs of the general public, industry, and all modes of transportation. This is accomplished through the sponsoring of educational forums and providing opportunities for the lawful exchange of ideas and knowledge with all elements of the coal transportation infrastructure.

    National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA)

    The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) is a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of its 450 short line and regional railroad members in legislative and regulatory matters. Short line and regional railroads are an important and growing component of the railroad industry. Today, they operate and maintain 30 percent of the American railroad industry’s route mileage, and account for 9 percent of the rail industry’s freight revenue and 12 percent of railroad employment.

    Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA)

    The Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA) is a trade association created to advance the interests of North American companies that mine or process minerals used throughout the manufacturing and agricultural industries. Examples of minerals represented by the IMA-NA include ball clay, bentonite, borates, calcium carbonate, feldspar, industrial sand, mica, soda ash, talc and wollastonite.

    Intermodal Association of North America (IANA)

    IANA is North America’s leading industry trade association representing the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry. IANA’s membership roster of over 1,000 corporate members includes railroads—Class I, short-line and regional; water carriers and stack train operators; port authorities; intermodal truckers and over-the-road highway carriers; intermodal marketing and logistics companies; and suppliers to the industry such as equipment manufacturers, intermodal leasing companies and consulting firms. IANA’s associate (non-voting) members include shippers (defined as the beneficial owners of the freight to be shipped), academic institutions, government entities and non-profit associations.