Association of American Railroads Affiliate membership is available to non-Class I railroads, commuter railroads and railroads located outside of North America.
As a railroad affiliate member, you will have a voice in the operations and the future of the freight and passenger rail industry. With public interest in rail transportation at an all-time high, both freight and passenger carriers will benefit from membership.
AAR coordinates the industry’s implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology and other important initiatives. As a member, you’ll be on the front line of developing the strategy that will implement PTC and connect freight and passenger lines.
AAR Affiliate members are led by the Affiliate Executive Board (AEB). The AEB selects Affiliate member representatives to serve as voting members of select committees reporting to AAR’s Safety and Operations Management Committee.
- Participation in all concentration areas, including exclusive newsletters, updates/minutes from relevant committee meetings/briefings.
- Subscription to Rail Time Indicators reports.
- Eligibility to serve on the AEB and as full voting members on select AAR committees.
- Membership on the Short Line Coordinating Committee and related short line task forces.
- Invitations to exclusive industry events to network with AAR members and industry leaders.
- Invitation to AAR’s annual Associate and Affiliate member meeting.
- Invitation to attend the annual Railroad Safety Leadership Forum.
- AAR’s electronic newsletter, “Rail News.”
- Participation in Railroad Day on Capitol Hill to support the industry’s legislative agenda.
- Discounted rates at key industry conferences.
- Listing of your railroad on AAR’s website and access to the members’ area, which contains exclusive updates for members and digital AAR publications.
- Discounted rates on all AAR and AAR’s Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) publications.
- Use of the AAR railroad affiliate logo for promotional material and on your website.
Railroad affiliate members based in North America pay an annual assessment based on revenues in accordance with the below schedule. Non-North American railroads pay a flat fee of $20,000. Contributions or gifts to AAR are not deductible as charitable contributions; however, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses. AAR estimates that the nondeductible portion of yearly membership dues for this year allocable to lobbying is 12.74%. Below is the gross annual revenue for freight and passenger carrier.
|Up to $10 Million||$5,000||$2,500|
|$10 Million – $50 Million||$20,000||$10,000|
|$50 Million – $90 Million||$35,000||$17,500|
|$90 Million – $150 Million||$50,000||$25,000|
|More Than $150 Million||$100,000||$50,000|