Darr, short line association leader, resigns

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Linda Bauer Darr, ASLRRA president
WASHINGTON — Linda Bauer Darr, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association president, is resigning her post effective July 27.

ASLRRA Chair Judy Petry tells media in Tuesday afternoon email that Darr is resigning to take a leadership position with another trade association in August.

Petry noted that Darr has continued to advocate a permanent extension of the “45G” tax credit that gives short lines a 50 cent tax credit for each dollar spent on right of way improvement. Congress has given a temporary extension of the credit in its annual budget bills.

Among other achievements, Petry noted Darr's establishment of the Short Line Safety Institute, working on a $2.5 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration to help short lines comply with positive train control regulations, and a nearly 73 percent increase in political action funds.

Petry said the association's executive committee will convene this week to begin the search for a new head of the organization.

The chair, who is also president and general manager of Oklahoma's Farmrail shortline, says Darr's departure is a loss, but also an opportunity for the organization.

“I firmly believe that change also presents opportunity,” Petry wrote. “We will make the most of this opportunity to put a strong, competent leader in place to help ASLRRA and the short line railroad industry to prepare well for the future.”

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