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Pacific Harbor Line Becomes First All Low-Emission Railroad in U.S.
Fleet of 22 locomotives meets or exceeds EPA’s Tier 2 requirements to reduce air pollutants
September 11, 2008
LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, CA - Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. said today that it has completed renewal of its locomotive fleet, becoming the first all low-emission railroad in the nation.
All PHL locomotives now meet or exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s stringent “Tier 2” standards to reduce air pollutants. In addition to consuming less fuel, particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions have been cut by at least 70 and 46 percent, respectively, according to PHL President Andrew Fox. PHL ran the last of its older non-low emission (pre-Tier 0) locomotives in May 2008.
The $30 million project enabled PHL to replace its fleet with 22 low-emission locomotives, beginning in May 2007. The costs were shared by PHL, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and California’s Carl Moyer Program, which is administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Railroads move about one-half of the international container freight in the Los Angeles region, Fox noted, yet contribute only six percent of the particulate emissions and are three times more fuel efficient than trucks, thus reducing greenhouse gases.