The Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad was awarded a grant by a clean-air body for the purchase of a new diesel-electric locomotive.
The new locomotive is a KLW SE10B T4L unit built by Knoxville Locomotive Works in Knoxville, Tenn. The engine is EPA Tier-4- compliant delivering 1050 HP from an MTU 2000 V12 prime mover.
Under the grant program, the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Central District (UAPCD) is providing cash incentives for the purchase of the new environment-friendly locomotive, which will be purchased by the end of 2018, for use within the district.
The STE, a unit of OnniTRAX, operates 25 miles of track connecting with BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, and the Central California Traction Company in San Joaquin County, Calif.
“We appreciate the partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Central District and the effort they are making to provide incentives to area businesses supporting their vision of improving the quality of life in the communities it serves,” said Kevin Shuba, Chief Executive of OmniTRAX, based in Denver. “These public-private relationships drive mutually beneficial activities that can dramatically improve our society,”
The grant is part of the UAPCD’s Locomotive Program, which provides incentive funds for the replacement of older locomotives with new, energy efficient models. It is one of several voluntary incentive programs targeted at reducing emissions throughout the Valley that the District administers.
“The District is committed to bringing significant incentive dollars to the Valley, especially in disadvantaged communities such as those around the Stockton Rail Terminal and Eastern Railroad. These are the types of private/public partnerships that are vital in improving air quality and public health throughout the Valley,” said Seyed Sadredin, Executive Director/APCO of the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Central District.