The North American
Rail Shippers Association is the umbrella
organization that links five regional associations
of rail owners, vendors and users in Canada,
Mexico and the United States. Its membership
consists of the officers of each regional
association, plus six elected officers and
a board of directors.
The regional associations comprise individuals
whose companies own and use rail service.
Matters affecting reliable rail service are
of vital interest to all and these individuals
find it beneficial to attend meetings featuring
speakers on regional and national rail issues
in a relaxed collaborative manner. Regional
meetings are generally held twice a year.
Individuals may belong to more than one regional
group if they wish and attend any regional
The North American Rail Shippers Association
holds an Annual Seminar each spring on topical
rail issues. This meeting moves around North
America from year to year attracting legislative
members, railroad presidents, and top management
from throughout the industry and generates
extensive media coverage. Members from regional
associations throughout North America attend.