Assn of American Railroads
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is an industry trade group representing primarily the major freight railroads of North America (Canada, Mexico and the United States). Amtrak and some regional commuter railroads are also members. Smaller freight railroads are typically represented by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), although some smaller railroads and railroad holding companies are also members of the Association of American Railroads. The AAR also has two associate member programs, and most associate members are suppliers to the railroad industry.
Campaign Finance$2,274,551 Given
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- contributions under $200 are not reported, and so are not included in totals.
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- corporate name changes and mergers may cause figures to differ from those of the Center for Responsive Politics.
- organization totals include known subsidiaries of the organization.
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Lobbying on Behalf of Assn of American Railroads
Names of Lobbyists
Firm Hired Amount Assn of American Railroads $115,985,228
Most Frequently Disclosed Lobbying Issues
- Environment & Superfund,
- Energy & Nuclear Power,
- Fed Budget & Appropriations,
- Clean Air & Water,
- Homeland Security,
Most Frequently Disclosed Bills
Bill No. Title S.575 Clean, Low-Emission, Affordable, New Transportation Efficiency Act S.2889 Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2009 S.1813 MAP-21 S.146 Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 H.R.304 To amend the limitation on liability for certain passenger rail accidents or incidents under section 28103 of title 49, United States Code, and for other purposes. H.R.721 Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2011 H.R.2454 American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009 S.672 Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2011 H.R.233 Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 H.R.2125 Surface Transportation Safety Act of 2009
RegulationsMentioned in 1007 dockets; Submitted to 144 dockets
All data is based on documents downloaded from Regulations.gov. The first table shows mentions: all documents that include the name of the company anywhere in the document or document metadata. The second table shows submissions: all documents where the submitter metadata included the company name. Each table shows the top 10 dockets, ranked by number of occurrences.
Matches are based on a search for the company name. Variations in the company name, such as acronyms, nicknames or alternate names may cause documents to be missed. The mention of a company name in a document may be incidental and does not necessarily indicate that the company has any relevance to the document. Company names that are common English words may erroneously match with text that is not referring to the company.
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Regulations and public comments can be downloaded in bulk here.
The tables show occurrences of "Assn of American Railroads" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.
Documents Submitted by the Organization
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- Toggle 12 FRA Locomotive Safety Standards 2009
- Toggle 7 FRA Railroad Car Conspicuity 1999
- Toggle 5 FRA Positive Train Control 2008
- Toggle 5 FMCSA Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) - General Requirements; Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance - Request for Comments 1998
- Toggle 5 PHMSA State of Louisiana, Department of Public Safety and Corrections - Inconsistency Ruling 2003
- Toggle 4 FRA Regulatory Relief for Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake System Implementation 2006
- Toggle 4 FRA Locomotive Event Recorders - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 2003
- Toggle 4 FMCSA Requirements for Intermodal Equipment Providers and for Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating Intermodal Equipment 2005
- Toggle 4 PHMSA Hazardous Materials: Enhancing Rail Transportation Security for Toxic Inhalation 2004
- Toggle 3 FRA Railroad Operating Rules: Program of Operational Tests and Inspections; Railroad Operating Practices: Handling Equipment, Switches, and Derails 2006
Mentions in Document Text
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- Toggle 39 EPA Control of Emissions from New Locomotive Engines and New Marine Compression-ignition Engines less than 30-liters per Cylinder 2003
- Toggle 37 FRA Improving the Safety of Railroad Tank Car Transportation of Hazardous Materials 2006
- Toggle 37 FRA Association of American Railroads - Waiver Petition 1999
- Toggle 35 FRA Regulatory Relief for Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake System Implementation 2006
- Toggle 34 FRA Use of Locomotive Horns and Grade Crossings 1999
- Toggle 34 PHMSA Applicability of Hazardous Materials Regulations to Loading, Unloading and Storage 1998
- Toggle 31 PHMSA Hazardous Materials: Enhancing Rail Transportation Security for Toxic Inhalation 2004
- Toggle 29 FRA Railroad Safety Advisory Committee 2000
- Toggle 26 PHMSA The Fertilizer Institute / The American Chemistry Council, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, Association of American Railroads, The Chlorine Institute, and The Railway Supply Institute 2008
- Toggle 26 FRA Railroad Car Conspicuity 1999