“Forced Access” letters to Congress

CSLRA President, Ken Beard, recently sent letters to select members of Congress expressing concern over “Forced Access” rules being proposed by the STB. In part, the letter read:

“The CSLRA is greatly concerned that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) is now considering new regulations that would undermine Staggers and the will of Congress. These new regulations could cap rates, require railroads to open their lines to competitors, and give preferential treatment to certain shippers. A return to failed policies of the past will create major inefficiencies in our goods movement system, lead to reduced investment, decreased service, and a less safe rail system.”

Full letter.

CSLRA Newsletter for Q1 2017

Current CSLRA News

Your Association has been busy preparing for our upcoming visit to Sacramento and the annual meeting in San Diego. Read on for details!

Sacramento Visit Only 3 Weeks Away

CSLRA’s annual trip to Sacramento is almost here, and the hotel room block closes tomorrow, March 14! This event will include important meetings with legislators in which we emphasize the importance of short lines in the CA economy and express our support for several freight transportation bills now before the legislature (follow the link below for details). Registration and hotel information may be found on our website. Register now at http://www.cslra.org/?p=77 !

Annual Meeting in San Diego to Include FRA Region 7 Seminar

For the first time in five years, FRA Region 7 is able to conduct a seminar on current rail operations topics as part of our annual meeting! The 1 1/2 day seminar will be held starting the morning of Monday, July 24 and ending at mid-day on July 25. CSLRA’s annual meeting will start the afternoon of July 25 and end with a golf outing the afternoon of July 26. Registration and hotel information for the seminar and annual meeting will be available soon.

CSLRA Launches New Web Site

The recently-formed CSLRA Technology Committee has been hard at work on updated website format and content. The new website has just launched and you are invited to check it out using the navigation link below. Many thanks to our Committee members, chaired by Phil Gilchrist (Antea Group), and to our hard-working webmaster Jamie Foster (Santa Maria Valley RR) for their work to develop the new site. Check out the new site now: http://www.cslra.org

CSLRA Coordinates with CA Railroad Industry on Key Issues

2017 is shaping up to be a busy year for legislation in California. As part of a California Railroad Industry coalition which includes CA Class 1 railroads and short line holding companies, CSLRA has been tracking legislative proposals and taking positions on bills when appropriate. For details, click to check the legislative page of the new CSLRA website: http://www.cslra.org/?page_id=69