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ASLRRA sets conference call to inform members about key small-road issues


With its annual meeting cancelled due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) plans to hold a conference call Nov. 8 — open to its entire membership — to address some key issues the association was poised to cover a month ago in Anaheim, Calif.

The call, to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST), would include an introduction by Federal Railroad Administrator Allan Rutter, the legislative status of small road funding bills H.R. 1020 and S. 1220, updates on Association of American Railroads' rail security initiatives, ASLRRA's safety program and a report on the state of the railroad industry.

ASLRRA also plans to provide an update on its online safety training program, which the association this month would begin offering to provide members Web-based training on hazardous materials, yard and industrial switching, and general safety around rail property and equipment.

Following formal presentations, ASLRRA officials and presenters will host a question and answer session.

"While it is by no means a substitute for our annual meeting, [the call] utilizes the newest available technology to bring together our membership for real-time discussions on important issues and activities," said ASLRRA officials in a prepared statement.

Members or non-members interested in joining the call must fill out and return a registration form to ASLRRA's office; the form can downloaded from ASLRRA's Web site at or obtained by contacting Executive Director-Membership Services Kathy Cassidy at; or by fax, 202-628-6430; or phone, 202-585-3443.

To offset the cost of the call, ASLRRA plans to charge members $49 and non-members $59 per phone line.

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