CSX transportation will become one of the first operators to use the new ultra-low emission Genset locomotives in Chicago, the biggest US rail hub.

CSX Transportation (CSXT) will be using these highly fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly locomotives after switching rail cars at CSXT’s Barr Yard in Chicago.

Chairman, president and CEO of CSX, Michael Ward said that the locomotives would help curb emissions in the countries largest rail hub.

“CSXT is proud to be among the first railroads operating lower-emissions GenSet locomotives in the Chicago area,” he said.

GenSet locomotives reduce nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions by 80% and can create carbon dioxide emissions savings of up to 50% by monitoring engine idling and switching to a sleep mode after a period of inactivity.

GenSet locomotives are also significantly quieter than conventional locomotives, achieving the most stringent noise level requirements for off-road capital equipment.

Mayor of Riverdale, Zenovia Evans said that she applauded CSX’s efforts to be a leader in GenSet technology.

“This kind of green technology is of great benefit to our environment,” she said.

In an ongoing effort to reduce fuel consumption and air pollutant emissions, CSXT has invested more than $1bn in technology to upgrade its fleet. Since 1980, the company has improved its fuel efficiency by approximately 80%.

By Daniel Garrun.