Partnership Moves Ultra-low Emission Locomotives
CSX Transportation, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments on May 27 announced the introduction of two ultra-low emission GenSet locomotives at CSXT's Rougemere Yard in Dearborn, Mich.
GenSet locomotives reduce nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions by 80 percent and can create carbon dioxide emissions savings of approximately 50 percent by monitoring engine idling and switching to a "sleep" mode after a period of inactivity. The technology for these locomotives was purchased through a public-private partnership with the state of Michigan. The locomotives are the first low-emission locomotives to be deployed in Michigan, as well as on CSXT's 23-state rail network.
"Cleaner air benefits Michigan's environment, benefits our company and its workers, and benefits our nation," said Tony Ingram, executive vice president and chief operating officer, CSX Transportation. "Thanks to our partners, we are able to bring in these GenSet locomotives you see here today. They send out 80 percent fewer emissions than a typical yard locomotive and also use less fuel."
The partnership made it possible to accelerate deployment of this ultra-low emission locomotive technology in this nonattainment area, helping the region take steps to meet its air quality goals.
The GenSet locomotives will be used to switch cars within the Rougemere yard. GenSet locomotives are significantly quieter than existing locomotives; they achieve the most stringent noise level requirements for off-road capital equipment.
CSX Transportation Inc. is a principal operating company of CSX Corp. CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal, and rail-to-truck transload services.