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Capitol Corridor Receives California State Air Quality Grant

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) in Oakland, CA, has received a $320,000 Carl Moyer Fund grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District for the purchase of standby power units to run locomotives as they lay over at Capitol Corridor/Amtrak Sacramento Valley Station. This award will provide an additional four cleaner power units, bringing the total number to eight.

Standby units use electricity to power equipment so trains will not need to burn fossil fuel when stationed for extended periods of time. According to the air quality district, operating eight units will help prevent more than 330 tons of greenhouse gases and 2.5 tons of air pollutants from entering the atmosphere each year.

“Instead of idling and emitting harmful diesel emissions as crews clean and maintain the rail cars, passenger trains stopping at the remodeled Sacramento Valley Station next year will be powered by cleaner, quieter standby units,” said CCJPA Director and Sacramento Councilmember Steve Cohn.

CCJPA Chair Bob Franklin noted that the authority is providing $80,000 as a local match to the grant. “Not only will this partnership help the region attain federal air quality standards, we will prevent tons of climate change emissions and will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel costs as well,” he said. “Once these units are up and running, we expect to save about 303,000 gallons of fuel each year.”

The Carl Moyer Grant Program is a California statewide initiative established in 1998 to help defray the costs of new lower emission technologies for diesel engines. The air quality district awards help fleets pay for new lower-emission engines, lower-emission retrofits, and equipment replacements.

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