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Hello NLC members!

All About Membership

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Finding Funds

The most effective way to make our railtowns safe and accessible is to fund the critical infrastructure and technology solutions needed to address the challenges. We're identifying sources of major and matching funds already set aside to address the issues our communities are struggling to resolve, and building a program to guide members through the process. 

Connecting Communities

If you've got a rail-related challenge, chances are good that one of the estimated 14,000+ other railtowns in America has experienced a similar issue, and may be able to help you find a solution. We're developing interest groups that allow your community's first responders, city planners, elected leaders, and transportation departments to learn from and support each other.

Sharing Best Practices

We're working with experts and organizations across the country and around the world to give railtowns access to the best available strategies for addressing critical issues like crossing safety, emergency response, city planning, and maintaining productive relationships with concerned citizens, railroads, government representatives, and the broader community.

Rebuilding Railtown Pride

There was a time when being a railtown was a source of community pride. It meant growth, possibility, access, and a never-ending supply of goods. While our railroads are still serving our communities, they're often seen as rails that divide rather than connect us. We're working to make them an integral part of our communities, and part of our future growth, safety and success. 

If you’d like more information about our features, get in touch today.

Who can join

Railtowns United membership is open to every American community with current or planned rail access. 

We represent the interests of every railtown community, whether a paid member or not. We rely on paid memberships to cover a significant portion of the costs associated with providing services to railtown communities. The more Full Members we have, the more and better benefits we can deliver for all.


Download the 2024 suggested donation chart to determine the cost of Full Membership for your community.

Have questions? Email or book 25 minutes with us.

To become an Associate Member today complete the form below, and we'll reach out with your Welcome Packet when we get your registration.

You can advance to Full Membership at any time down the road.

Associate Membership Registration

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Emergency Response

Emergency Response
We're hearing from our members that
  • Emergency Response risk assessments
  • Predictive and real-time blocked crossing information
  • Timely and efficient communications with railroads, and
  • Best practices packages for emergency responders facing railroad incidents

are all benefits you need! We've established partnerships and are collaborating with experts, industry nonprofits, and government agencies to get them to you!

Find out how to bring these benefits to your team, book a 25-minute call with us today.
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Your experience with railroads matters to us!

Participate in Railtowns United's First Responders National Survey today.

Your responses are anonymous and help us identify how to best support your team's ongoing success.

Public Works and Transportation Departments


Railtowns United understands that your efforts to create safe, efficient, and accessible multimodal travelways includes accessible and safe railroad crossings for both vehicles and pedestrians.


The economic benefit of safe and accessible railroad crossings rises over time. We believe that all railtowns, big and small, ought to have the opportunity to be free of blocked crossings. Our time on Capitol Hill has informed us of the need for communities like yours to get help finding and securing grants for grade separation, crossing safety equipment, accessibility improvements, technology, repairs, and even area beautification. Our members have asked for this as well, which is why it is a top priority and benefit for 2024.

We're building partnerships to help bring what you need forward, from finding grants to identifying the right technology solution for the crossings that cause the most frustration for your railtown's citizens.

Would you like to learn more, or do you have a question for us? You are welcome to email Or, book a 25-minute call or Zoom with us below!

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