Metrolink has announced that it is switching to renewable fuel making it the first in the US to completely power all its locomotives with cleaner alternatives.
Metrolink launched a pilot programme to use renewable biodiesel in its locomotives in early 2021.
The renewable product is made of recycled natural fats and vegetable oils.
It does not contain any petroleum fossil fuels and burns a cleaner alternative, reducing harmful pollutants and decreasing carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80%.
“It’s a proud achievement to be the first rail agency in the nation to use renewable fuel to move people around southern California,” Metrolink board chair Ara Najarian said. “We are committed to continue working toward better air quality in our region and lessening our effect on climate change for the planet.”
“This transition by Metrolink to using renewable fuel will help further reduce the air pollutants from our locomotives and improve the air quality for all the communities along our 538 miles of track,” said Metrolink board vice chair Larry McCallon, who is also a member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's Governing Board.
“It is certainly the right thing that we needed to do for the health of our children and our quality of life.”
Metrolink began powering 100% of all its locomotives with renewable fuel in February.
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