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The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has expanded its legislation team with the hiring of Mara Stark-Alcala as assistant vice president of congressional affairs.
Stark-Alcala has 10 years of transportation legislative experience through her past positions with Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell (CC&H), the American Public Transportation Association and on the staff of the U.S. Senate committees on Appropriations and Environment and Public Works.
In her work as senior associate with CC&H, the ASLRRA's longtime government affairs firm, Stark-Alcala advocated for many transportation, municipal, commuter and freight railroad clients, in addition to the ASLRRA.
At the association, Stark-Alcala will focus on congressional issues that short lines face, including tax policy, infrastructure grant programs and surface transportation policy.
"Her transportation industry experience, detailed knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process, and her positive relationships with our short-line industry members will enable her to make an immediate impact," said ASLRRA President Chuck Baker in a press release.