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ASLRRA 2004 Annual Report

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									  American Short Line and
Regional Railroad Association
 “The Voice of America’s Independent Railroads”

                Keith T. Borman
             Presentation to ACACSO
                  May 12, 2005
              ASLRRA Mission
  The ASLRRA represents the interests of the Class II
  / III Railroad industry before Congress, the FRA,
  STB, TSA, and the Class I Railroads. Concurrently
  it serves as a conduit from the railroad organizations
  of the federal government on regulatory, safety,
  security and technical matters to the small railroads
  providing information, clarification and training. As
  appropriate, the Association testifies, files,
  comments and represents specific Class II / III
  Railroad interests before various federal
  departments and agencies and state governments,
  as requested.

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                                   Organization
      Membership is broken down into four Regions:
                                    CENTRAL REGION                        EASTERN REGION
                                    Central Region Membership:            Eastern Region Membership:
                                                                           145 Railroads; 92 Associates
                                     126 Railroads; 89 Associates

                                    Central Region Board                  Eastern Region Board
                                                                           Robert Bailey, Regional VP
                                    Charles L. Laggan, Regional VP
PACIFIC REGION                                                             Eugene H. Blabey
                                    David C. Eyermann
                                                                           Gordon R. Fuller
                                    Kirk D. Hawley
Pacific Region Membership:                                                 Robert Grossman
                                    J. Reilly McCarren
 63 Railroads; 33 Associates                                               Bruce A. Lieberman
                                    David M. Perkins
                                                                           Gary R. Shields
                                    Judy A. Petry
Pacific Region Board                J. D. Ventrcek
Thomas L. Schlosser, Regional VP
Ken Doiron
Andrew C. Fox
Thomas L. Nielsen                                                    SOUTHERN REGION
Larry Phipps
                                                                     Southern Region Membership:
                                                                      89 Railroads; 47 Associates

                                                                     Southern Region Board
                                                                     Roger D. Bell, Regional VP
                                                                     Bennett J. Biscan
                                                                     Donald P. Connor
                                                                     Brad K. Lafevers
                                                                     Edward A. Lewis
                                                                     Kenneth A. Pippin
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                          Membership
   Two types of membership:
          Railroad Membership
             Any railroad located in the continental or territorial
              United States, Canada, or Mexico, is eligible for full
              membership.
             Railroads contribute dues based on annual gross
              operating revenues, with a minimum of $1,285 and
              maximum of $6,950
          Associate Membership
             Companies which supply goods or services to the
              railroad industry, and tourist and excursion railroads,
              are eligible for a non-voting associate membership.
             Associate members’ annual dues are calculated at a
              flat rate of $1,390.
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           ASLRRA Committees
   Safety
 Training
 Technical
 Railroad Police
 Legal
 Finance & Administration
 Legislative Policy


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            ASLRRA Member Services
Safety/ Regulatory Compliance:
          Represent Class II / III Railroads with the FRA on All Safety and
           Regulatory Matters
          Provide Assistance on Safety and Regulatory Issues
          Provide Programs to Assist in Compliance with:
               Drug & Alcohol Program Requirements
               Engineer Certification Programs
               Power Brake Rules
               Roadway Worker Protection
               Continuous Welded Rail Requirements
               Internal Control Plan (Accident / Incident reporting requirements)
               Tank Car Inspection / Safety
               Track Inspection & Maintenance
               Qualified Mechanical Inspector



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                           Class II / III
                       Safety Performance
                              The Safest Year Ever!
January – December / 2000-2004
  Year         Employee              Categories*              Fatalities      Severity   Rate
                Hours                                                          Index
                                     1        2       3

   2000        41,158,108           1151      53          6               6      13.49   5.88
   2001        39,390,893            989      47          2               2      11.55   5.32
   2002        37,494,551            779      36          3               3       9.76   4.36
   2003        35,121,492            695      35          2               2       9.51   4.17
   2004        35,090,088            694      29          1               1       8.37   4.13
*Categories:
1 = Non severe and non life-threatening injuries
2 = More severe; amputations, concussions, loss of sight, hearing, etc.
3 = Fatality

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               Class II / III
           Safety Performance




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            ASLRRA Member Services
ASLRRA Training Initiatives:
          National Academy of Railroad Sciences
           (NARS)
             New Contract
             Classrooms, Labs, Yards, Simulators, Rail
              Equipment
             Computer-Based Training
             110 Instructors / Hotline Available 24/7
             College Credit at JCCC

      Rail Industry Safety Conference (Nov. 2005)
      Operating & Maintenance Seminar (April 23-
       25, 2006)
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           ASLRRA Member Services
Legislative:
          Lobby Congress on Behalf of
           Association Members
          Monitor Legislation and Testify on
           Behalf of the Short Line Industry
           Before Congress and Government
           Agencies
          Grassroots Fundraisers
          Political Action Committee



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           ASLRRA Member Services
2004 Legislative Achievements
   Setting the Conditions for Future Successes:
          Federal Tax Credit
               Worth Approximately $501 Million over 3 years
               Can Take up to $3,500 per Mile
               Credit Worth 50% of Expenditures
               20-Year Carry Forward
          Deficit Fuel Tax Elimination
               $15-20 million saved for short lines



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                 RRIF Loan Program
   FRA Reorganized to Expedite Process
   10 Approved to Date – 6 Since Jan. 2004
          Amtrak                                   $100 million
          Mount Hood Railroad                      $2.07 million
          Arkansas & Missouri Railroad             $11 million
          Nashville and Western Railroad           $2.3 million
          Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad     $233 million
          Stillwater Central Railroad              $4.6 million
          Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway             $25 million
          Great Smoky Mountains Railroad           $7.5 million
          Riverport Railroad                       $5.5 million
          The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway   $34 million

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           ASLRRA Member Services
   Communications:
          Website - www.aslrra.org
          Views & News – Biweekly Newsletter for the Short Line and
           Regional Railroad Industry
          Railway Age Magazine Bimonthly Short Line Article
          90-Day Board Update Letter
          Security Alerts / Updates
          National Data Survey (545 surveys / 93% response in 2003 –
           Follow-Up is in Progress)
          Bimonthly Safety Bulletin
          ASLRRA Facts and Figures
          Security Alert Cards


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           ASLRRA Member Services

   Meetings:
          Annual Convention
                 Rotates Among 4 Regions
                 Includes 1 ½ Days of Meeting Sessions and an Annual
                  Exhibition
      Regional (Eastern, Southern, and
       Central/Pacific)
      Operating & Maintenance Sessions
      Finance & Administration Sessions
      Railroad Day on Capitol Hill & Legislative
       Dinner

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           ASLRRA Member Services
   Tariffs:
          Maintain and Publish Rates for Over 400 Class II / III Railroads
          Member Publications Available on Association’s Website
   Traffic:
          Act as Agent of Railroad Members on Traffic-Related Issues
          Participate on Behalf of Members on Various Traffic-Related
           Committees
   E-Commerce:
          E-Marketplace: Online Associate Member Directory and Bid-
           Request Service
          Online Classifieds
   Legal Developments and Issues


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           ASLRRA Member Services
                 Rail Industry Working Group
   What it is:
          Seven Representatives from Class II & III Railroads and Seven
           Representatives from Class I Railroads
          Addresses Industry-Wide Issues
          Operates by Consensus
   Revised Rail Industry Agreement
          Original 1998 / Amended 2004
          Over 300 Companies Have Subscribed
          Added Definitions for New Business Exempted From Paper
           Barriers
           Empowers RIWG to Make Binding Interpretations of Rail
           Industry Agreement


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           ASLRRA Member Services
           Rail Industry Working Group (cont’d.)
   Current Projects
          New Car Supply Committee
          Ongoing Formal and Informal R.I.A. Dispute Mediation
               95% Resolved Informally
   Recent Challenge by Western Coal Transportation
    League
          STB 575: Filed Renewed Petition for Rulemaking
          Would Allow Shippers to Contest Paper Barriers at STB
          ASLRRA Filed a Statement Supporting Current Private Sector
           Mechanisms and Questioning Need for New Regulatory
           Intervention
          RIWG Also Filed a Statement Explaining How it Resolves
           Disputes


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           ASLRRA Member Services
           Representation on Industry Committees:
          North American Rail Alliance (NARA)
          Safety and Operations Management Committee (SOMC)
          Network Efficiency Management Committee (NEMC)
          Rail Industry Working Group (RIWG)
          Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC)
          Hazardous Materials (BOE) Committee
          AAR Tax Policy Committee
          AAR Washington Representatives Committee
          Non-Accident Release Reduction Task Force Committee
          Grade Crossing & Trespasser Prevention Committee
          National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Executive
           Committee
          Open Top Loading Rules Committee
          Arbitration & Rules Committee
          Car Repair Billing Committee
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           ASLRRA Member Services
Representation on Industry Committees (Cont’d.):
          Railway Technology Working Committee
          Equipment Assets Management Working Committee
          Automotive Quality Improvement Executive Committee
          EDI Working Committee
          Rate EDI Network Task Force
          National Grain Car Council
          Revenue Systems Working Committee
          Interline Service Management (ISM) Working Committee
          Interline Revenue Management (IRM) Working Committee
          Customer Service Standing Committee (CSSC)
          Technical Services Working Committee
          Reload Steering Committee
          Representation at Class I Railroad Annual Meetings and
           Caucuses / Councils

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           Association Evolution

   Staff Reorganization
   New Products
      Facts & Figures Booklet
      Alert Notification Card

      Small Railroad Video in Production

   New Data Survey to Update Database



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               To Infinity and Beyond!
Ready for Blast-Off:
    Data Study Update
    Tax Credit Monitoring
           New IRS Rules Due This Summer
           Infrastructure Expenditures – Capturing the Story Through 2008
    TEA-21
    Fix the RRIF Program
    Promote NARS Distance Learning
    “Branding” the Short Lines
           Increased Recognition of the Small Railroad Industry and its
            Role in Rail Freight
           Long Term Campaign

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               To Infinity and Beyond!
Ready for Blast-Off (Cont’d.):
    Bulk Fuel Program
    Communicating More Effectively – Customers,
     Regulators, Legislators, Financiers, Public
    Grassroots Fundraising / PAC Contributions
    Transition Tariffs & Publishing
    ASLRRA New Committee Development
    FRA Rules and Inspections Discussions / Coordination
    Rail Security Coordinating Council (RSCC)
           New ASLRRA / AAR Structure to Coordinate with Transportation
            Security Administration (TSA)
    Service, Costs, Reliability, Availability, Flexibility, Safety

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               To Infinity and Beyond!
Moving to the Launch Pad:
    Car Availability
    Reimbursement of Fuel Surcharge
    HAZMAT Reporting, Tracking, Handling
    Security-Related Initiatives – DHS, TSA
    Regulatory Requirements
           Reflectorization
           Quiet Zones
    Cost of Insurance (Health and Property &
     Casualty)
    Aging Workforce (Avg. Age of Railroad Worker
     is 48)
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            To Infinity and Beyond!
Moving to the Launch Pad:
  286K  lb Axle Weight Car Handling
  Continued Funding for Rail Infrastructure Upgrades
   (Track, Bridges) to Handle 286K lb Cars
 • Diesel Emissions Litigation

 • Asbestos Litigation

 • Future of FELA

 • Consistent, Reliable Customer Service

 • Data Transparency for Customers and Operators

 • New Database Products – CD, Fact Book, On-
   Demand for Association Members

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      American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

           “The Voice of America’s Independent Railroads”




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