NCDOT to Work with NC State University to Make Trains More Environmentally Friendly

NCDOT to Work with NC State University to Make Trains More Environmentally Friendly
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January 13, 2015

The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is taking steps to make its passenger trains more environmentally friendly.

In upcoming months, the NCDOT Rail Division will work with North Carolina State University's (NCSU) Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project and the NC Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant Program to reduce the environmental footprint of NCDOT trains.

NCDOT will equip one of its F59PH locomotives with a Selective Catalytic Reduction Aftertreatment System, which is designed to significantly reduce particulate matter found in diesel engine exhausts. NCDOT says that this system should significantly improve the locomotive's emissions rating from a 'Tier Zero Plus' to a 'Tier Three' rating.

Find out more about locomotive emission standards.

The NC Emissions Reduction Grant Program is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant that is administered by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Air Quality. The grant provides incentive funding for projects that are designed to reduce diesel emissions.

The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project is administered by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and is focused on the reduction of transportation related emissions in NC counties that do not meet national air quality standards.

If the Selective Catalytic Reduction system installation proves successful, NCDOT says that it will seek additional funding to upgrade all of its locomotives.