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Amtrak unveils sustainability report

The report highlights Amtrak's performance from Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2017.
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[Editor's note: This story was updated on March 22.]

Amtrak exceeded its diesel fuel conservation goal by more than 2.4 million gallons and saved about 3 billion kWh of energy by using its latest-generation ACS-64 locomotives in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

That's according to Amtrak's FY2016-17 sustainability report, which was released on Monday. The report focuses on the railroad's environmental, financial and social sustainability efforts, including modernizing the customer experience, reducing fuel and energy use, and growing revenue through increased ridership. The document reflects Amtrak's performance from Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2017.

Another achievement highlighted in the report: Amtrak hired U.S. veterans to fill more than 20 percent of all open positions.

"Our stakeholders are counting on us to be good stewards of the environment while also creating economic and social value for our communities," said Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson in a press release. "We also understand that keeping our customers and employees safe is integral to sustainability."

The sustainability report was produced in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, which are considered the international standard for sustainability reporting, according to Amtrak.