The AAR provides the freight rail industry with a strong, united voice that policymakers listen to while also facilitating the operations, safety, security and standards that make America’s freight rail network the envy of the world.
AAR membership is available to freight and passenger railroads as well as any business associated with the railroad industry. AAR has three levels of membership specifically geared toward the needs and the desired level of involvement of individual companies.
- Policy Making: AAR provides policymakers with the information and perspective necessary to advance sound public policy that supports the interests of the freight railroad industry and ensure it meets America’s transportation needs now and in the future.
- Standard Setting: AAR is the standard setting organization for North America’s railroads. Through various committees, AAR members establish safety, security, manufacturing and operating standards that provide for seamless network operations.
- Industry, Data, Reports & Publications: AAR members have access to our weekly, quarterly and annual publications, which offer economic, financial, policy and general statistical information about North America’s railroads.
- Research &Technology Initiatives: Through its two subsidiaries, Technology Transportation Center, Inc. (TTCI) and Railinc, AAR supports research and development projects that enhance the safety, security and efficiency of the railroad industry.