CSX, Public Sector Partners Bring Cleaner Air to New York State
CSX, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Transportation Introduce Ultra-Low Emission Locomotive
SELKIRK, N.Y. – June 30, 2011 – Public and private sector representatives today unveiled the state’s second ultra-low emission GenSet locomotive at an event at CSX Transportation’s Selkirk Yard. Jointly funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and CSX, the locomotive will be used at Selkirk Yard, significantly reducing nitrous oxide, particulate matter and carbon dioxide emissions in the area.
“The GenSet locomotive you see behind me represents the next generation of sustainable technology,” said Skip Elliott, vice president, public safety and environment, CSX Transportation. “We are proud of our partnership with EPA and the State of New York, which helps us serve our customers and communities with the most efficient and environmentally friendly service every day.”
The GenSet locomotive was purchased with a $1 million EPA award under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to the New York State Department of Transportation, made possible through the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. CSX funded the remaining $400,000 as part of its commitment to reducing emissions and using less fuel.
“Projects like this will literally help repower the Empire State,” said Stanley Gee, executive deputy commissioner of NYSDOT. “This new locomotive — with three smaller engines that cycle on and off according to need — will reduce emissions and save diesel fuel as goods are moved efficiently across the state. This innovative technology is an example of Governor Cuomo’s goal of creating a new green economy with livable communities, new jobs and sustainable growth.”
GenSet locomotives reduce nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions by approximately 80 percent and can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent through technologies that monitor engine idling and switch to “sleep” mode after a period of inactivity.
The introduction of GenSet locomotives throughout CSX’s network is part of the company’s commitment to reduce its carbon dioxide intensity 8 percent by 2011, which was achieved nearly one year ahead of schedule. Over the last decade, CSX has invested more than $1.5 billion to upgrade its locomotive fleet with technology that reduces fuel consumption and air pollutant emissions. Through these efforts, the company has improved its fuel efficiency by more than 90 percent since 1980.
CSX Transportation is the principle operating company of CSX Corporation. CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia. CSX’s network connects more than 240 short line and regional railroads and more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com.
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