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11/22/2005



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Eight Canadian railroads obtain federal funds for clean-air projects



Transport Canada recently granted more than $2 million from the Freight Incentives Program to help fund 10 transportation projects designed to reduce air emissions.

The agency provided grants to Canadian National Railway Co., Southern Railway of British Columbia, Pioneer Rail Services Ltd., Savage Alberta Railway Inc., Huron Central Railway, Chemin de fer de la Matapédia et du Golfe Inc., New Brunswick East Coast Railway, B.C. Ferries, Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. and Jazz Air Limited Partnership.

For example, the funds will help Savage Alberta Railway install 15 Kim Hotstart Diesel Driven Heating Systems and ZTR SmartStart Systems in locomotives; Huron Central Railway purchase two EcoTrans K9 Auxiliary Power Unit locomotive idle-control systems; Chemin de fer de la Matapédia et du Golfe install 20 Portec Rail Products Inc. trackside lubricators with Kelsan’s Keltrack friction modifier; and New Brunswick East Coast Railway install six Q-Tron Electronic Autostart Systems on several locomotives.

Part of Canada’s 2002 Climate Change Plan, the four-year Freight Incentives Program provides $5 million to promote the use of technology and equipment designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the rail, marine and air freight industries.


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