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More efficient than a locomotive

"Global warming can become a pretty complicated, big issue, but I think it's little steps...that hold the most promise," said Judith Enck, EPA administrator for the region. "Clean air is a top priority for the Environmental Protection Agency."

There were many other officials on hand on Thursday, including Bethlehem Town Supervisor Sam Messina, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, R-Melrose, and DOT Executive Deputy Commissioner Stanley Gee.

Speakers at the event lauded the role of rail transportation in the United State's future, especially as energy and travel becomes more costly. Elliott claimed that a train can move one ton of freight 500 miles on a single gallon of gas, and said CSX trains are capable of hauling the equivalent of 280 trucks worth of freight.

"This is exactly what we need," McLaughlin said. "CSX is not only talking the talk, but walking the walk."

Elliott said the roll out of GenSet locomotives will continue throughout CSX's network, but he also emphasized that it's still a new technology and like many burgeoning products still has kinks to be worked out.

"We'll continue to invest in this type of technology," he added.""

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