Short Line Education Fund launched to provide railroad industry training, certification programs

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The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) recently announced the launch of the Short Line Education Fund, which will aim to address industry training and certification demands, and promote the value of short line railroads to decision makers, customers and industry stakeholders.

“It has become evident to our board that short lines are facing some of the most complex challenges this industry has seen in many years, including new training rules, new technology implementation such as PTC, and new equipment considerations for HAZMAT transport, all during a tough economic market,” ASLRRA President Linda Bauer Darr said.

Other priority initiatives of fund activities include developing an industry-specific executive leadership program curriculum, expanding webinar production abilities, implementing online learning management tools, and facilitating research on short line regional railroad industry impact on other related industries.

“The Education Fund will provide critical support for high priority industry education and training initiatives, build a foundation of short line data and industry research, and award scholarships to small railroads so they may attend industry events and access educational resources – all without taxing our members with further dues increases,” Darr said.