The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected Linda Bauer Darr as president, succeeding Richard Timmons, who is retiring at the end of 2014.
Darr is currently the president and chief executive officer of the American Moving and Storage Association, serving in that capacity since 2007. She previously held senior positions in the American Bus Association and the American Trucking Associations. From 1998 to 2000, she served in the Clinton Administration as the deputy assistant secretary for budget and programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“ASLRRA undertook a nearly year-long search for its new president and we believe we have concluded that search with an outstanding selection,” said ASLRRA Chairman Ed McKechnie. “Darr has significant experience in leading trade associations and has spent almost her entire career in the transportation industry. Her government service was at a very senior level in the agency that has direct budget and programmatic oversight over the Federal Railroad Administration.”
Timmons is concluding his 12th year as president.
“Rich transformed our association,” said McKechnie. “He made us a stronger, more effective and more member-focused organization and we are sincerely grateful for the energy and enthusiasm he gave us during his tenure. In Darr, we look to taking our association to an even higher level of effectiveness as we address the challenges of improving safety, building on our legislative successes and enhancing the shortline railroad brand.”