Locomotive Idle Reduction Project

Location: California: San Joaquin Valley

EPA is providing a $75,000 grant to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District that will allow Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad to retrofit several switcher locomotives in the San Joaquin Valley. Each company will contribute $45,000 to install locomotive microprocessor technology that switches engines off when they are not needed to reduce nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and diesel particulate emissions. The project will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions approximately 2.5 tons annually.