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Anacostia's six short lines named EPA 'SmartWay' partners

The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad is among Anacostia's short lines that have become SmartWay Partners.
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Anacostia Rail Holdings Co. (ARH) announced that all six of its short lines have become certified partners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership.

Launched in 2004, SmartWay aims to monitor and reduce emissions and fuel use in the transportation sector.

In addition to railroads, there are more than 3,000 SmartWay partners that include truck, air and barge carriers, shippers, logistics and multimodal companies.

In 2014, ARH subsidiary Pacific Harbor Line Inc. (PHL) based near Long Beach, California, became the first short line to join SmartWay. ARH's other five short lines that now have joined SmartWay are the Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad, Gulf Coast Switching Co., Louisville & Indiana Railroad, New York & Atlantic Railway and Northern Lines Railway.

Since 2011, ARH and its subsidiaries have invested $38 million on lower-emissions locomotives. PHL became the first North American railroad to upgrade its entire fleet of 24 locomotives above EPA Tier 3 emission standards, ARH officials said in a press release.