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Darr sees need to break down silos at railroad group

Substantial federal safety grant could transform short line association, but new CEO stays on track to build single vision

February 20, 2015
By William Ehart


New CEO Linda Bauer Darr has the opportunity to drive the $5 million-revenue American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association to the next stop: where industry advocacy meets safety standards.

A $2 million fiscal year 2015 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration—much of which will go to ASLRRA to help establish the Short Line Safety Institute—will transform the organization and its revenue stream.

“Safety has always been on the agenda, but with this $2 million appropriation we get to set up the institute. That will be a big part of our budget,” she said.