BVM August, 2016 - page 112

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newly formed American Short Line Railroad Associa-
tion (ASLRA). In 1997, the ASLRA merged with the Re-
gional Railroads of America to form the American Short
Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA). To-
day, the ASLRRA continues its mandate of represent-
ing the interests of the American short line industry,
and railroads, in general. Its current membership is
550 rail lines and 500 suppliers and contractors.
Short line railroads are thriving today and are an im-
portant part, both of the railroad industry and the
national economy. Short lines connect the rural com-
munities of America and provide a viable and afford-
able means of transportation for goods and people,
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