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 About AAR Membership

ABOUT AAR MEMBERSHIP

​The Association of American Railroads (AAR) plays an integral role in shaping the rail industry's success. AAR not only provides the freight rail industry with a strong, united voice that policymakers listen to, we also facilitate the operations, safety, security and standards that make the 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:

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For more information about becoming a member, please contact Kelly Donley, AVP of Industry Relations, at (202) 639-2343​ or Kdonley@aar.org.


​HIGHLIGHTS OF AAR MEMBERSHIP


WORKING TOGETHER TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE

From large and small railroads to industry manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and car owners, 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

Unlike single-focus trade associations, AAR advocates for sound public policy with federal legislators and administrators and facilitates the operations, safety, security and research initiatives that allow railroads to meet the needs of their customers and help America achieve economic prosperity.

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

As the standard setting organization for North America's railroads, AAR focuses on improvin​g rail transportation. Through various committees, AAR members establish safety, security, manufacturing and operating standards that provide for seamless network operations.

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 devoted to enhancing the safety, security, and efficiency of the railroad industry.

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 Associate Membership

AAR AS​SOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

AAR's associate member program is for every business that depends o​n the continued strength of America's freight and passenger railroads. 

Through the Associate Advisory Board (AAB), associate members enjoy a formal structure for the representation of their views within the AAR – one that enables them to contribute their input and expertise to operational decisions. All associate members vote for members of the advisory board. The AAR has crafted two program levels, silver and gold, tailored to the needs of your business that keeps our industry moving.

For more information about becoming a member, please contact Kelly Donley, AVP of Industry Relations, at (202) 639-2343​ or Kdonley@aar.org.

    


 


SILVER LEVEL ​


Benefits

  • ​Participation in two concentration areas​, including exclusive newsletters, updates and minutes from relevant committee meetings and briefings

  • ​AAR's electronic newsletter, "Rail News"​

  • Discounted rates for certain industry conferences

  • Listing of your organization on the AAR website 

  • Access to the members' area of the AAR website, which contains exclusive updates for members and electronic versions of many AAR publications

  • Subscription to Rail Time Indicators reports

  • Special, discounted rates on all AAR and AAR's Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) publications

  •  Invitation to AAR's Annual Associate and Affiliate member meeting.

  • Use of AAR associate member logo for promotional materials and on your website 


  • Pricing

    Full Year (Jan-Dec) $8,250.00
    Three Quarter Year
    (Apr-Dec)
    $6,187.50
    Half Year (July-Dec) $4,125.00
    One Quarter Year (Oct-Dec) $2,062.50


     

    Gold Level

    The gold membership package gives organizations that want an even greater level of interaction with railroad industry leaders, experts and policymakers.

    Gold associate members are eligible to serve on the 12-member AAB, which is comprised of representatives from associate members in each of three membership categories. The Board selects its own chair and solicits nominations from all gold associate members to serve as voting members on selected committees reporting to the Safety and Operations Management Committee. It selects representatives for committee assignments from among qualified nominees.​

    Benefits

  • All benefits from silver level 

  • Eligibility to serve on AAR's Associate Advisory Board (AAB) and as full voting members on over 75 AAR committee seats

  • Access to all concentration areas 

  • Invitation to special events, including a private gold members' event with industry CEOs and top executives 

  • Participation in the annual Railroad Day on Capitol Hill to support the industry's legislative agenda 

  • Pricing

    Full Year (Jan-Dec) $16,500.00
    Three Quarter Year (Apr-Dec) $12,375.00
    Half Year (July-Dec) $8,250.00
    One Quarter Year (Oct-Dec) $4,125.00
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     Affiliate Membership

    AAR Railroad AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP


     

    AAR 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 membersh​​ip. 

    The 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 the AAR's Safety and Operations Management Committee. ​

    For more information about becoming a member, please contact Kelly Donley, AVP of Industry Relations, at (202) 639-2343​ or Kdonley@aar.org.


     

    Benefits

  • Participation in all concentration areas, including exclusive newsletters, updates and minutes from relevant committee meetings and 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 indust​ry 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 the AAR website

  • Access to the members' area of the AAR website, which contains exclusive updates for members and electronic versions of many AAR publications

  • Special, 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


  • Pricing

    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 the 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%.

    ​Gross Annual Revenue 

    F​reight Carrier 

    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​

     Full Membership

    AAR FULL MEMBERSHIP

    AAR's full membership is available to railroads in the United States, Canada and Mexico. 

    Full membership includes representation in AAR's two major governing committees; the Safety and Operations Management Committee (SOMC) and the Policy and Advocacy Management Committee (PAMC). For railroads meeting a certain revenue threshold, full membership might also include a rotating seat on the AAR Board of Directors. 

    Full membership dues are based on revenue.

    For more information about becoming a member, please contact Kelly Donley, AVP of Industry Relations, at (202) 639-2343​ or Kdonley@aar.org.

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     Concentration Areas

    ​​Concentration Areas

    To provide our members with up-to-date, business-critical information, AAR offers special services in various areas of concentration. To provide our members with information about their particular fields of interest, AAR offers additional services in various aspects of the industry.


    ​Car Service & Car Hire​


     

  • Agendas and minutes for the Equipment Assets Committee to keep equipment owners informed of discussion areas impacting car utilization and compensation


  • ​Communications, Signals & Train Control 


  • Information relating to radio frequency spectrum, including frequency coordination, petitions to the FCC, response to petitions to the FCC, and the development and management of wireless communications standards

  • Copy of the annual "Review of Equipment Trends"

  • Complimentary copy of railway electronic standards and specifications-related publications:

  • "AAR Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices Section K Series"- These documents provide a compendium for the development of the system architecture, identifies the hardware and software components for Positive Train Control (PTC) communications, their functions and the nature of the interfaces between them

  • ​​"AAR Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices Section M" - Standards and recommended practices covering design of locomotives and their components

  • One complimentary e-mail subscription to the AAR Circular Letters service (one per member)

  • Information on FRA activity in the signal, communications and train control area​​​


  • DAMAGE PREVENTION & FREIGHT CLAIMS

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  • Newsletters with information on damage prevention and freight claims, safety notices and other related items

  • Notice of testing completed by the Damage Prevention & Loading Services group with copies of non-proprietary tests available upon request

  • Access to information resources through AAR/Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI)​ Damage Prevention and Loading Services staff

  • Statistics on railroad industry freight loss and damage trends

  • Advance notice of new and revised publications as they are released

  • Advance notice and registration information for annual conferences

  • Published member directory of the Damage Prevention & Freight Claims group​


  • Engineering & Track Maintenance


    • Dockets and updates from the Engineering Policy Committee

    • Quarterly newsletter on engineering and track issues including updates from FRA

    • News clips on the track and maintenance area

    • Liaison with federal agencies on engineering and track issues 

     

    HAZMAT

  • News clips with the latest developments in the areas of hazmat issues                  

  • AAR comments on environmental and hazardous materials issues of significant impact to the rail industry

  • Updates on federal activity affecting hazmat issues

  • Member rate for the "Tariff No. BOE-6000"  publication


  • ENVIRONMENT & TANK CAR ​

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  • News clips with the latest developments in the areas of tank cars, environment, nuclear waste and hazmat issues

  • AAR comments on environmental and hazardous materials issues of significant impact to the rail industry

  • Information and updates from AAR Tank Car Committee meetings

  • Member rate for the annual AAR/BOE Hazardous Materials Seminar

  • Invitation to the Railroad Environmental Conference



  • PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE


     

    Affiliate  Benefits

  • Membership to the Freight & Passenger Coordinating Committee


  • Associate Benefits

  • Updates on coordination and implementation of PTC Systems between freight and passenger railroads

  • Invitations to special events hosted by TTCI

  • Complimentary registration to North American Railroad Mechanical Operations (NARMO) Seminar


  • SAFETY


     

    Affiliate Benefits

  • Liaison with federal agencies on rail safety matters

  • Participation in periodic teleconferences on benchmarking industry safety practices

  • Participation in regular teleconferences and meetings to shape industry positions on FRA rulemakings

  • Associate Benefits

  • Notice of regulatory activity via daily summaries of the Federal Register

  • Notice of pertinent Canadian regulatory activity

  • Notice of NTSB accident reports and summaries

  • Periodic summaries of industry safety performance


  • SECURITY


     

    Affiliate Benefits (United States & Canada-Based Members)

  • Receive the Transit and Rail Intelligence Awareness Daily (TRIAD) each weekday via the Railway Alert Network (RAN)​

  • Receive the focused security awareness messages and advisories produced and disseminated by the RAN

  • Receive communications relating to the priorities for the rail industry security program and the efforts undertaken to achieve them as derived from interaction amongst the members of the Rail Security Working Committee members and between the Committee and interested US Federal government departments and agencies.

  • Invitation to participate in the periodic teleconferences of the Freight and Passenger Coordinating Committee

  • Invitation to participate in the monthly teleconferences and in-person meetings of the Rail Security Working Committee

  • Invitation to participate in the annual Joint Rail Sector Security Exercise, typically held each Fall

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    Associate Benefits 

     
  • Overview presentation on the rail industry security program as part of the Railroad Affiliate Members' meetings listed above

  • Quarterly updates on priorities and progress in the rail industry security program


  • TECHNICAL SERVICES ​

  • News clips with the latest developments in the areas of tank cars, environment, nuclear waste and hazmat issues

  • One complimentary e-mail subscription to the AAR Circular Letters service (one per member)

  • One complimentary copy of the AAR Field Manual of the AAR Interchange Rules

  • One complimentary copy of the AAR Office Manual of the AAR Interchange Rules

  • One complimentary registration to the NARMO Conference, typically held each spring​​​​​​​​​