RADICAL changes to the organisational structure of the Association of American Railroads were announced by AAR President & CEO M B Oglesby Jr on January 12. The association will be split into three separate entities to provide ’the highest levels of service’ to member railways. The three will cover technical support, research and development; computerised information technology services; and rail advocacy.

Most technical experts will transfer to the Transportation Technology Centre in Pueblo, Colorado, which was established as a subsidiary company on January 1. In September or October, the information technology division Railinc will also become a separate business, relocating from Washington DC and Chicago to Cary, North Carolina. The AAR office in Washington will then focus on advocacy in the public policy, legal and safety arenas, primarily among US legislative and regulatory agencies. o