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CSXT outlines environmental initiatives at 'cleaner air' conference

CSX Transportation officials touted the Class I's recent environmental initiatives at a "Faster Freight-Cleaner Air East Coast" conference held in New York City earlier this week.

CSXT is a supporter of the National Gateway, a public-private partnership that aims to establish a more efficient and "green" double-stack intermodal route linking Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern markets.

"Population growth and changes in global supply chains are straining the nation's transportation infrastructure," said Lisa Mancini, CSXT vice president of strategic infrastructure investments, in a prepared statement. "In order for our nation to compete on a global level, certain infrastructure upgrades must be made along key corridors to allow goods to be brought to market in a cost-effective, efficient and environmentally responsible manner."

CSXT also is employing GenSet locomotives, which can reduce nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions by 80 percent, and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent compared with conventional locomotives. The Class I, Michigan Department of Transportation and Southeast Michigan Council of Governments recently announced plans to introduce two GenSet locomotives at CSXT's Dearborn, Mich., yard - the first low-emission locomotives to be deployed in Michigan and within the railroad's 23-state network.

"Since 1980, we have reduced our carbon production by over 80 percent, and we anticipate an overall reduction of another 10 million gallons of fuel in 2008," said Carl Gerhardstein, director of CSXT's environmental systems department.

In January, CSXT also launched an online carbon calculator that enables shippers to estimate carbon dioxide emission reductions by using rail instead of other modes.

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