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In cooperation with the Cimarron Valley Railroad (CVR), the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for auxiliary power units on the CVR’s seven locomotives.
The Diesel Reduction Fuel Act grant award is $127,536, and CVR is contributing $191,305 in matching funds, according to a KDOT press release.
The auxiliary power units on the locomotives will reduce idling hours, which has several benefits: reduction of pollutants and fine particulate matters along the rail freight transportation corridor; diesel fuel savings; improved railroad operating efficiencies; and enhanced ambient air quality to the communities along the rail line, KDOT officials said in a press release.
KDOT and the CVR will coordinate activities. Installation of the units is slated to begin in October and will take about 90 days to complete. The units will be operated for the life of the locomotives.
CVR is located primarily in southwest Kansas and operates more than 186 track miles extending into Oklahoma and Colorado. The short line interchanges with the BNSF Railway Co. in Dodge City. Jaguar Transport Holdings LLC in Joplin, Missouri, owns the CVR.