The Maryland Transit Administration has secured $975,000 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace a conventional switcher locomotive engine with ultra-clean generator set (GENSET) locomotive engine technology.

Maryland department of transportation (MDOT) will oversee the project, which is expected to reduce diesel emission and improve air quality, with CSX, an international transportation company who is matching the federal grant of $975,000 with $425,000 in private funding.

The deployment of the GENSET locomotive is anticipated to cut the emissions of nitrous oxide and particulate matter by approximately 80% and that of carbon dioxide by 25% through technologies that monitor engine idling and switch to ‘sleep’ mode after a period of inactivity.

MDOT assistant secretary of transportation policy and freight Caitlin Rayman said that MDOT is pleased that US EPA has provided incentives to the freight community to be smarter, greener neighbors.

“Together with forward-looking partners like CSX, we will continue to pursue new and innovative ways for transportation to deliver cleaner air to Maryland’s citizens,” Rayman said.