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County Provides $1.7 Million for “Green” Locomotives

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Two new low-emission locomotives partially funded by the County Air Pollution Control District will be on display at the Amtrak/Santa Fe depot downtown tomorrow.

“The County is committed to clean air, and these new locomotives not only reduce smog-forming emissions, but also reduce noise, fuel consumption and maintenance costs,” said Bob Kard, Director of the County of San Diego Air Pollution Control District.

The Air Pollution Control District received $1.7 million from a California Air Resource Board grant program to cover 60 percent of the cost of the locomotives, which are operated by the San Diego & Imperial Valley Railroad.

The locomotives will replace three of the railroad’s older locomotives. The new ones reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions by 85 to 90 percent and have an average fuel savings of 20 to 30 percent.

The San Diego & Imperial Valley Railroad is hosting “Going Green in San Diego” on March 31 from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. to showcase the new locomotives.

The San Diego & Imperial Valley Railroad is a property of RailAmerica Inc., and runs on 33 miles along the MTS Trolley lines between San Diego and El Cajon, and San Diego and San Ysidro.  

Visit the Air Pollution Control District Web site for more information about its programs.