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DOT loan supports KCS locomotive buy

 

   The U.S. Transportation Department has awarded a $54.6 million loan to Kansas City Southern Railway Co. to buy 30 new General Electric ES44AC locomotives.
   These diesel-electric locomotives, built in Erie, Pa., will help KCS meet increasing economic demand, and are more energy-efficient and produce significantly less carbon emissions than the locomotives they are replacing, DOT said.
   “We are seeing President Obama’s commitment to rail boost manufacturing all across America,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, in a statement. “This is the kind of investment in our transportation systems that creates jobs, boosts the economy and improves the flow of goods.”
   In addition to energy and environmental benefits, these new locomotives will allow the railroad to create safer operations through improved train handling, better crashworthy cabs, and state-of-the-art train controls, which will promote crew alertness. The locomotives will be deployed throughout KCS’s system to accommodate the increased demand for shipments of coal, chemicals, grain, sand, stone, gravel, plastics, metals and automobiles.
   The loan is from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program.
   “The RRIF program is a model of how we can leverage federal dollars to stimulate private investment and grow the economy,” said Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo. “The program provides steady, affordable financing for major rail construction and expansion projects.”
   The FRA program provides direct loans for eligible borrowers to acquire, improve, or rehabilitate rail and rail-related intermodal equipment and facilities. There is currently up to an aggregate of $35 billion available in the RRIF program for these types of projects.
   “RRIF offers a responsible approach to supplementing capital investment for all types of railroads.” FRA said.

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