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What we're doing

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 or click here to determine the cost of Full Membership.

Have questions? Email or book 25 minutes with us.

If your rail-connected community doesn't have the budget to become a Full Member but you want to join the movement and benefit from our progress, we have an option for you!

The Associate Membership includes many of the benefits listed above, including the general and basic resources, updates, option to participate in the community, and advocacy.

All you need to do to become an Associate Member is complete the form below. We'll reach out when we get your registration!

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

Associate Membership Registration


Don't miss it!

The Emergency Response Intelligence Report.

An offer for Railtowns United members, from TRAINFO.

Equip your first responder teams with crucial insights into the specific real-world risks and delays caused by blocked rail crossings in your community. Get your customized report before this offer ends!

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