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.
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.
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) 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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 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 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.
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