On Monday BNSF Railway Co. said it deployed liquefied natural gas hostler trucks to move containers at its Los Angeles Hobart Intermodal Facility, the nation's busiest rail intermodal terminal.
The trucks are part of a pilot program to test the vehicles for future use at select intermodal facilities, including the proposed Southern California International Gateway facility.
The Fort Worth-based railroad said the program will reduce nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions by 90 percent compared to standard off-road diesel tractors.
Parsec Inc. oversees day-to-day operations at Hobart. It acquired the 10 hostlers with funding through a grant from the California Air Resources Board. BNSF said each hostler costs approximately $49,000 more than one that runs on diesel fuel.
In Los Angeles, BNSF operates the four LNG switcher locomotives and one battery-powered switcher.