Public Private Partnership Brings New GenSet Ultra-Low Emission Locomotives to CSX...

Tue May 27, 2008 11:00am EDT

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Public Private Partnership Brings New GenSet Ultra-Low Emission Locomotives to
CSX Transportation

DEARBORN, Mich., May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CSX Transportation
(CSXT), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Southeast
Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) today announced the introduction of
two ultra-low emission GenSet locomotives at CSXT's Rougemere Yard in
Dearborn, Michigan.
    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 new GenSet locomotives were retrofitted through a partnership between
CSXT, MDOT, and SEMCOG. In addition to the two GenSet locomotives currently
operating, CSXT and state officials are negotiating the purchase of two
additional locomotives. This 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.
    "Michigan is committed to working with the private sector to bring
environmentally-friendly transportation technology to the state," said MDOT
Director Kirk Steudle at today's event in Dearborn. "We know that often what
is good for transportation can be good for the environment and we look forward
to continuing to work with the private sector on this important issue."
    The GenSet locomotives will be used to switch cars within CSXT's Rougemere
yard in Dearborn. GenSet locomotives are significantly quieter than existing
locomotives; they achieve the most stringent noise level requirements for
off-road capital equipment.
    "The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments is pleased to sponsor this
important initiative in partnership with CSX Transportation," said Carmine
Palombo, transportation director, SEMCOG. "Working together, the pollution
reductions from this project will help Southeast Michigan meet and maintain
national air quality standards."
    CSXT has invested more than $1 billion to upgrade its fleet with
technology that reduces fuel consumption and air pollutant emissions. Through
these efforts, the company has improved its fuel efficiency by approximately
80 percent since 1980.
    CSXT is a member of the EPA's Climate Leaders program in which the company
has committed to reducing its emissions and leveraging other means for
environmental benefits. CSXT is also an award-winning and charter member of
the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership. This partnership was designed to
promote voluntary reductions in fuel consumption and emissions. CSXT's fuel
conservation measures and better management of its waste stream have already
contributed to that goal.
    CSX Transportation Inc. is a principal operating company of CSX
Corporation. CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the
leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck
transload services. The company's transportation network spans 21,000 miles
with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects
to more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information about CSX
Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company's web site,
www.csx.com.
SOURCE  CSX Transportation

Bob Sullivan of CSX Transportation, +1-877-835-5279; Janet Foran of Michigan
Department of Transportation (MDOT), +1-517-335-7176; Sue Stetler of Southeast
Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), +1-313-324-3428
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