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 About AAR


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.

Policy Making

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.

Standard Setting

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, TTCI and 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.


 AAR Leadership

AAR Leadership

Edward R. Hamberger

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. 

John Gray

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.  

Ian Jefferies

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.  

Jeffrey Marsh

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.  

Kristin Smith

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.  

Michael Rush Michael Rush

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. 

Kathryn D. Kirmayer

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.  

Lisa Stabler

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.  

Allen West

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.  

 AAR Members

AAR Members Across the Globe

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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AAR Full Members

Alaska Railroad Corporation
Railroads owned by Anacostia Rail Holdings Company
BNSF Railway Company
Canadian National Railway Company: US operations
Canadian Pacific: US operations
CSX Transportation, Inc.
Florida East Coast Railway
Railroads owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
The Indiana Rail Road Company
Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd.

Kansas City Southern
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Pan Am Railways
Union Pacific Railroad
Vermont Rail System
Railroads owned by Watco Companies, LLC
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway


AAR Special Members

Canadian National Railway Company: Canadian operations
Canadian Pacific: Canadian operations
Ferrocarril del Istmo S.A. de C.V.
Ferrocarril del Sureste

Ferrocarril Mexicano
Ferrocarril Y Terminal del Valle de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.


AAR RAILROAD Affiliate Members

ArcelorMittal Cleveland Works Railway Co.
Associação Nacional dos Transportadores Ferroviários (ANTF)
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Colorado & Wyoming Railway Company
East Japan Railway Company
First Group America
MBTA Commuter Rail (Keolis Commuter Services)
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Long Island Rail Road
Metro-North Railroad
New York City Transit

New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway
New York New Jersey Rail, LLC
NJ Transit
North Country Transit District
Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District
Patriot Rail LLC
Roberval and Saguenay Railway Company
Sidney and Lowe Railroad, LLC
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Texas Central Rail Holdings, LLC
Virginia Railway Express


AAR Associate Members


American Railcar Industries, Inc.
Amsted Rail Company, Inc. 
Bombardier Transportation
Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co., A Sasser Family Holdings Co.
CIT Rail
Comet Electronics LLC
Cordstrap USA Inc.
CRRC Meishan Co., Ltd.
Freedom Terminal Services
GATX Corporation
GBW Railcar Services, LLC
GE Transportation
Georgetown Rail Equipment Company
The Greenbrier Companies 
Hanson Professional Services
Harsco Rail
HDR Engineering, Inc.
HNTB Corporation
Koch Rail, LLC
LaPoint Midstream Group, LLC
Loram Maintenance of Way
Meteorcomm LLC
Midland Manufacturing Corp.
New York Air Brake LLC
Plasser American Corporation
Progress Rail                   
RJ Corman Railroad Group
Rockwell Collins
Ronsco Inc.
Shell Chemical LP
Shippers Products
Siemens Rail Automation
SMBC Rail Services LLC
Standard Steel, LLC
Stella-Jones Corporation
Sunrise Manufacturing, Inc.
The Timken Company
Trailers y Tanques de Aluminio, S.A. de C.V.
TranSystems Corporation
Trinity Industries Leasing Company
TTX Company
Union Tank Car Company
Vertex Railcar Corporation
Wabtec Corporation
Walnut Industries, Inc.
Wells Fargo Rail
Western-Cullen-Hayes, Inc.​
Wi-Tronix, LLC
XPO Intermodal, Inc.



Abtrex Industries Inc.
Aero Transportation Products, Inc.
Alstom Transport
American Railcar Leasing, LLC
The Andersons Inc.
Ansaldo STS USA, Inc.
Appalachian Railcar Services, Inc.
Australian Rail Track Corporation
Avtec Inc.
Baotou Beifang Chuangye Co., Ltd.
Carolina Strapping and Buckles Company​
CNGMotive, Inc.
CRRC Qiqihar Rolling Stock Co., Ltd.
CRRC Yangtze Co., Ltd.
ECE Global
EVRAZ North America
Frauscher Sensor Technology USA, Inc.
FreightCar America Inc.
Girard Equipment Inc.
Green Plains Inc.
Harbor Services Company
Herzog Railroad Services, Inc.
Holland, LP
The InStar Group
Italcertifer S.p.A.
ITE Management
Kasgro Rail Corporation
Kelso Technologies Inc.
Klas Telecom
Laird Technologies - Wireless Automation & Control Solutions
LTK Engineering Services
Luciad Inc.
Maanshan Iron & Steel Company, Inc.
Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC
Norinco International Cooperation Ltd.
Parsons Corporation
Precision Gage & Tool
Procor Limited
Progress Rail Leasing
R.L. Banks & Associates, Inc.
Reidler Decal Corporation
RESCAR Companies
Road & Rail Services, Inc.             
Salco Products, Inc.
Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Strato, Inc.

Signal Specialties, Inc.
TF Warren Group Inc. – Blastech
TRAC Intermodal
Transco Railway Products, Inc.
Trinity Chemical Industries, LLC
Uniwagon North America
voestalpine Nortrak
Westermo Data Communications, Inc.
Zebra Technologies
ZTR Control Systems           


 AAR Subsidiaries

AAR Subsidiaries


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.


The 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.​