The Texas Railroad Association has been serving the railroad industry in Texas for over a century. As a crucial component of Texas’ economy, 183 of Texas’ 254 counties are connected by rail. Association membership consists of major Class I railroads, Class III short lines, rail advocates, and rail suppliers. Together we keep Texas railroads moving. 

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Texas is a state built on the railroads. Connecting ports on the gulf coast to inland cities, farms, and even universities, rail has kept Texas moving since 1853. Texas railroads have evolved considerably since the age of steam but one thing hasn’t changed – the importance of railroads to Texas communities. The Texas Railroad Association is proud to carry on this legacy and defend one of Texas’ most important assets. 

The Association provides membership benefits including legislative and regulatory representation, advocacy and networking, and education.  The Association works to inform state policy makers of the vital economic role played by railroads, rail employees, and related stakeholders in the movement of goods that supply Texas industries, communities and commercial enterprises. Texas' railroads are a vital link essential to the state as well as regional and national economies. The Association advocates sound public policy for the industry whether for fair taxation, modal equity, economic development incentives, safe operating practices or balanced civil justice. Together we can keep Texas moving as this industry has been for 180 years.

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The Mission Statement of the Texas Railroad Association is to advocate for the freight rail industry through sound economic and transportation policy.

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