Grants to Fund Green Motive Power in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has awarded $8.7 million to three projects that will replace diesel switch engines with green motive power.

The funding will go to U.S. Steel ($4.5 million), the Bessemer & Lake Erie ($2.9 million) and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority ($1.2 million).

The grants are being awarded from the Marine and Rail Freight Movers Grant Program of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

U.S. Steel plans to replace two diesel switchers with lithium-ion battery powered units. The new switchers will operate at the Clairton Steel Works and the Edgar Thompson Plant.

The B&LE also plans to a diesel-powered switcher with a new lithium-ion, battery-electric unit.

SEPTA will replace a diesel locomotive built in 2008 with a new EPA Tier 4-certified diesel-electric locomotive with idle-reduction technology.

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