American Railway Car Institute Committee

The American Railway Car Institute (ARCI) has represented the North American freight car building industry for over 75 years. Membership comprises the major North American freight car manufacturers. The role of the ARCI is to work in coordination with the Association of American Railroads on freight car design standards, to tabulate and report North American freight car information, and to represent the specific interests of railcar builders in federal legislative and regulatory matters.

Freight Car Statistics: Each quarter, the RSI ARCI prepares and distributes statistics on North American freight car orders, deliveries, and backlogs to its affiliate members. The RSI ARCI is the only organization that tabulates and publishes freight car statistics which are proprietary and only available to ARCI affiliate members. These statistics include information on:
  •     Covered Hoppers (over 5500 c/f , 3500-5500 c/f, under 3500 c/f)
  •     Open Top Hoppers (steel, aluminum)
  •     Gondolas (GB steel, GT steel, GT aluminum)
  •     Flat Cars (non-intermodal, intermodal)
  •     Non Articulated / Articulated (5 unit platforms, other platforms)
  •     Tank Cars

Affiliate Membership

Though membership on the ARCI committee is restricted to North American freight car builders, anyone can become an affiliate member. Typical affiliate members are component suppliers for the freight car industry, leasing companies, and financial institutions. Affiliate members receive quarterly freight car statistics and have an opportunity to be on the Engineering & Design Subcommittee.

The cost of being an Affiliate Member of the ARCI is $2,000 a year plus the cost of membership with the Railway Supply Institute. The cost of the ARCI is well worth the value as the RSI ARCI is the only organization that tabulates and publishes freight car statistics and works with the Class 1 railroads in the development of freight cars. The ARCI does not charge members to attend meetings or for meal functions, it is an all inclusive amount.  

ARCI Engineering & Design Subcommittee

Affiliate members also have the opportunity to participate in the ARCI Engineering & Design Subcommittee. This subcommittee meets several times a year to address design and safety issues of freight cars in coordination with the Association of American Railroads and Class 1 Railroads. At these meetings, affiliate ARCI members get to network with fellow suppliers and class 1 railroad representatives. There is usually a meal function associated with these meetings, all affiliate members are asked to attend free of charge.       
ARCI Committee

Please contact Robyn Leach by email or by calling (202) 347-4664 for more information regarding ARCI membership.