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America's freight railroads operate the safest, most efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sound freight transportation system in the world — and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) is committed to keeping it that way. Founded in 1934, AAR is the world's leading railroad policy, research, standard setting, and technology organization that focuses on the safety and productivity of the U.S. freight rail industry.
AAR Full members include the major freight railroads in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak.
AAR Railroad Affiliate and Associate Members include non-Class I and commuter railroads, rail supply companies, engineering firms, signal and communications firms, and rail car owners.
Working with elected officials and leaders in Washington, DC, AAR works to advance sound public policy that supports the interests of the freight rail industry to ensure it will continue to meet America's transportation needs today and tomorrow.
As the standard setting organization for North America's railroads, AAR establishes safety, security, and operating standards that provide for seamless and safe operations across America's 140,000 mile freight rail network.
Industry Data, Reports and Publications
AAR prepares weekly, quarterly and annual statistical reports providing comprehensive insight into the operations of North America's freight railroads. AAR members can access our publications catalog, covering many aspects of freight railroading from the latest economic statistics to the correct means of loading and securing various freight shipments and research reports from AAR's Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI). These publications offer economic, financial, policy and general statistical information, and can be purchased from our online catalog.
Research and Technology Initiatives
Through its two subsidiaries,
Railinc, AAR supports continued research and development projects to enhance the safety, security, and efficiency of the railroad industry. TTCI is the world's leading research, development, and testing facility, and develops next-generation advancements in safety and operational efficiency. Railinc serves as the rail industry's leading resource for rail data, information technology, and information services, and uses one of the world's largest data networks to track customer shipments.
AAR also supports the
Railroad Research Foundation, a world-class policy research organization dedicated to sustaining a safe, secure, and technologically advanced rail network.
President and CEO
Since 1998, Ed Hamberger has served as president and chief executive officer of the AAR. With more than thirty years of combined experience in private legal practice and the legislative and executive branches of the United States government, Hamberger, considered one of Washington's most-effective transportation policy advocates, works with member railroads to ensure the continued viability of America's freight railroad industry.
Senior Vice President, Policy and Economics
Since 2008, John Gray has served as senior vice president – policy and economics for the AAR. In this role, Gray is responsible for conducting and supervising economic, financial, statistical, and cost studies dealing with various aspects of the rail industry.
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
As senior vice president – government affairs, Ian Jefferies is responsible for leading the development, promotion, and implementation of legislative priorities for the AAR. Jefferies has more than a decade of experience working within government. From 2009 to 2013 Jefferies served as a senior policy advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration
Since 2012, Jeffrey Marsh has served as senior vice president – finance and chief financial officer for the AAR. With more than 20 years in corporate and executive management, Marsh has expertise in financial management, corporate financial reporting, and risk and insurance management.
Senior Vice President, Communications
As vice president – communications with the Association of American Railroads (AAR), Kristin Smith is responsible for enhancing freight rail’s reputation a nd cultivating a favorable policy environment in support of industry initiatives. Kristin oversees a highly-integrated, research-driven campaign that harnesses the power of traditional and cutting-edge media strategies and engages third-party validators to successfully influence policy decision-makers in a highly competitive political arena.
Senior Vice President, Safety and Operations
Michael J. Rush currently serves as senior vice president – safety and operations for the AAR, the world’s leading railroad policy, research and standard setting organization for the freight and passenger railroads of the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Senior Vice President, Law and General Counsel
Beginning her work with AAR in January 2015 as general counsel, Kathryn D. Kirmayer now serves as senior vice president, law and general counsel for the world’s leading railroad policy, research and standard setting organization for the Class I freight railroads of the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. Prior to joining AAR, Kirmayer practiced with an AmLaw 100 law firm for twenty-five years.
President, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.
Lisa A. Stabler was named president of the Transportation Technology Center Institute, Inc. (TTCI) in October of 2011. Mrs. Stabler joined TTCI in 2010 as vice president-operations and training. Prior to TTCI, Mrs. Stabler was employed by BNSF as assistant vice president – quality and reliability engineering.
President and CEO, Railinc
Allen West is president and chief executive officer of Railinc Corp. Since his appointment in 2006, Railinc has become a leading technology organization serving the freight rail industry with a customer-focused culture, a progressive, results-oriented work force, and leading technology infrastructure. West has 25 years of experience in information technology and business management with leading companies in the transportation sector.
Association of American Railroads (AAR) members include the major Class I railroads of the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as smaller non-Class I and passenger railroads including Amtrak, rail supply companies, rail car owners, engineering firms, and signal and communications firms. AAR members are united in working toward a single goal: to ensure railroads remain the safest, most efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sound freight transportation mode in the world.
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Alaska Railroad Corporation Railroads owned by
Anacostia Rail Holdings CompanyBNSF Railway CompanyCanadian National Railway Company: US operationsCanadian Pacific: US operationsCSX Transportation, Inc.
Florida East Coast Railway Railroads owned by
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.The Indiana Rail Road CompanyIowa Interstate Railroad Ltd.
Kansas City Southern MetraNational Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)Norfolk Southern CorporationPan Am RailwaysUnion Pacific RailroadVermont Rail System Railroads owned by
Watco Companies, LLCWheeling & Lake Erie Railway
Canadian National Railway Company: Canadian operationsCanadian Pacific: Canadian operationsFerrocarril del Istmo S.A. de C.V.Ferrocarril del Sureste
Ferrocarril MexicanoFerrocarril Y Terminal del Valle de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
ArcelorMittal Cleveland Works Railway Co.Associação Nacional dos Transportadores Ferroviários (ANTF)Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Colorado & Wyoming Railway CompanyEast Japan Railway CompanyFirst Group AmericaMBTA Commuter Rail (Keolis Commuter Services)Metrolink/SCRRAMetropolitan Transportation Authority
Long Island Rail RoadMetro-North RailroadNew York City Transit
Long Island Rail RoadMetro-North RailroadNew York City Transit
New Orleans & Gulf Coast RailwayNew York New Jersey Rail, LLCNJ TransitNorth Country Transit DistrictNorthern Indiana Commuter Transportation DistrictPatriot Rail LLCRoberval and Saguenay Railway CompanySidney and Lowe Railroad, LLCSouth Florida Regional Transportation AuthorityTexas Central Rail Holdings, LLCVirginia Railway Express
AECOM American Railcar Industries, Inc. Amsted Rail Company, Inc. Bombardier TransportationChicago Freight Car Leasing Co., A Sasser Family Holdings Co. CIT RailComet Electronics LLCCordstrap USA Inc.CRRC Meishan Co., Ltd.Faiveley TransportFreedom Terminal ServicesGATX CorporationGBW Railcar Services, LLCGE Transportation Georgetown Rail Equipment Company The Greenbrier Companies Hanson Professional Services Harsco Rail HDR Engineering, Inc. HNTB CorporationKoch Rail, LLCLaPoint Midstream Group, LLCLoram Maintenance of WayMeteorcomm LLCMidland Manufacturing Corp.New York Air Brake LLCPlasser American CorporationProgress Rail
RJ Corman Railroad GroupRockwell CollinsRonsco Inc.Shell Chemical LPShippers ProductsSiemens Rail Automation SMBC Rail Services LLCStandard Steel, LLCStella-Jones CorporationSunrise Manufacturing, Inc.The Timken CompanyTrailers y Tanques de Aluminio, S.A. de C.V.TransCoreTranSystems CorporationTrinity Industries Leasing Company TTX CompanyUnion Tank Car CompanyVertex Railcar CorporationWabtec CorporationWalnut Industries, Inc.Wells Fargo RailWestern-Cullen-Hayes, Inc.Wi-Tronix, LLCXPO Intermodal, Inc.
Abtrex Industries Inc.Aero Transportation Products, Inc.Alstom TransportAmerican Railcar Leasing, LLCThe Andersons Inc.Ansaldo STS USA, Inc.Appalachian Railcar Services, Inc.Australian Rail Track CorporationAvtec Inc.Baotou Beifang Chuangye Co., Ltd.Carolina Strapping and Buckles CompanyCNGMotive, Inc.CRRC Qiqihar Rolling Stock Co., Ltd.CRRC Shangdong Co. Ltd.CRRC Yangtze Co., Ltd.ECE GlobalEVRAZ North AmericaFrauscher Sensor Technology USA, Inc.FreightCar America Inc.Girard Equipment Inc.Green Plains Inc.Harbor Services Company Herzog Railroad Services, Inc.Holland, LPThe InStar GroupILJIN USAIRECO, LLCItalcertifer S.p.A.ITE ManagementJK-CO LLCKasgro Rail CorporationKelso Technologies Inc.Klas TelecomLaird Technologies - Wireless Automation & Control SolutionsLTK Engineering ServicesLuciad Inc.Maanshan Iron & Steel Company, Inc.Mitsui Rail Capital, LLCNorinco International Cooperation Ltd.Parsons CorporationPrecision Gage & Tool
Progress Rail LeasingR.L. Banks & Associates, Inc.Reidler Decal Corporation RESCAR Companies
RESIDCORoad & Rail Services, Inc. Salco Products, Inc.
Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation
Savage Steel Dynamics, Inc.Strato, Inc.Signal Specialties, Inc.TF Warren Group Inc. – BlastechTRAC IntermodalTransco Railway Products, Inc.Trinity Chemical Industries, LLCUniwagon North Americavoestalpine NortrakWestermo Data Communications, Inc.Zebra TechnologiesZTR Control Systems
Railinc is the leading provider of information technology, related network operations and financial services, and near rail-time network data to North America's railroads. Beginning as an information technology department within the Association of American Railroads (AAR), Railinc has evolved to meet the dynamic information needs of the railroad industry. Today, Railinc's product lines help railroads, rail equipment owners, third party logistic providers, and others increase productivity, achieve operational efficiencies, and keep their assets moving safely.
The company was established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the AAR in 1999. Railinc's headquarters is located in Cary, N.C., between Raleigh and the internationally renowned Research Triangle Park. Allen West serves as president of Railinc.
Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) is the railroad industry's world-class rail research and testing facility that works to improve the safety and efficiency of freight railroads throughout North America and the world. In state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and on 48 miles of test tracks, TTCI's team of researchers, engineers, and other experts develop and test the emerging technologies that keep railroads on the cutting edge.
TTCI is also home to the most in-depth training program in the country for hazardous material (hazmat) scenarios. Founded in 1985, the Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) is a program that has trained more than 50,000 railroad employees, community first responders, chemical industry representatives, and other government and community officials in hazmat emergency response procedures.
Located in Pueblo, Colo., TTCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the AAR. Lisa Stabler serves as president of TTCI.