At the invitation of the US Environmental Protection Agency, CSX Transportation (CSXT) joined EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson and other stakeholders at Port Newark, NJ, to support the agency’s overall goal of reducing diesel locomotive emissions.

On hand for the announcement was CSXT Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Tony Ingram, who brought two of the new low-emission locomotives that have helped CSXT reduce CO2 emissions by 330,000 tons over the past five years.

“CSXT understands that what’s good for the environment is good for our customers, our employees and our bottom line, and that’s why our company has already taken significant voluntary actions-beyond what is required-to reduce locomotive emissions and fuel use,” said Ingram.

Since 2002, CSXT has spent more than $1 billion to upgrade its fleet with new, more efficient, low-emission locomotives. At a time when traffic levels have increased, new technology and these new locomotives have allowed CSXT to reduce fuel use by 30 million gallons, freeing tens of millions of dollars for other uses, such as increasing track capacity to take trucks off the highway and further improve the environment.

By 2009, more than 1,200 CSXT locomotives will have new upgrades to further reduce emissions and reduce fuel consumption by an additional 9.6 million gallons. Rail is inherently more environmentally friendly than highway transportation and a single freight train can replace up to 280 trucks, reducing emissions and lessening traffic.

“We look forward to working with EPA to support policies that are good for the environment, meet our freight rail business objectives, and efficiently serve our customers,” said Ingram.