The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) upgraded its locomotive fleet with the arrival of eight rebuilt units in an effort to replace aging equipment, improve efficiency and lower overall emissions. Recognizable by their bright blue color, the new locomotives aim to provide reliable service and support the Class III railroad’s commitment to integrating more sustainable business and operational practices.
The new EPA-classified Tier One locomotives aim to allow NOPB to reduce its fleet size by 46%, from 15 units to eight. Fuel consumption will be reduced by 25%, and emission reductions include a 40% reduction in NOx (oxides of nitrogen), which damages the ozone layer and creates smog, along with a 50% reduction in PM (particulate matter).
In addition to fuel and emissions savings, a new, five-year, $2.35 million leasing agreement with GATX Locomotive Group allows NOPB to achieve significant operational and capital savings.
“The New Orleans Public Belt is committed to providing safe, reliable and efficient rail transportation solutions,” said NOPB General Manager M.D. “Mike” Stolzman. “These new locomotives will be the backbone of our efforts. Not only can we reduce our fleet and fuel consumption, we can be better community neighbors.”
“Bringing these lower-emission locomotives on line supports Port NOLA’s and NOPB’s commitment to sustainability,” said Brandy D. Christian, CEO of NOPB and President and CEO of Port NOLA. “With the Port and NOPB now fully aligned, we are able to make strategic investments that provide air quality benefits for the community while providing superior service to our users and Class I partners.”