Statewide Railyard Agreement

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2005 Statewide Railyard Agreement (Execution Copy) - (PDF - 3.3 MB)

On June 24, 2005, the Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) entered into a pollution reduction agreement (Agreement) with Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and BNSF Railway (BNSF).  The Agreement became effective on June 30, 2005, and remains in effect through December 31, 2015.

The Agreement provides up to a 20 percent reduction in diesel particulate matter (PM) emissions in and around railyards throughout the state. The Agreement’s key near-term emission reduction measures include:

  • Statewide idling-reduction program, including the retrofit of about 400 intrastate locomotives with idle reduction devices by June 30, 2008.

  •  Maximize the use of state and federal ultra-low sulfur (15 parts per million maximum) diesel fuel.

  • Establish a statewide visible emissions reduction and repair program, and ensure at least a 99 percent compliance rate.

The Agreement also requires a number of efforts to gather information and assess advanced technologies to further reduce locomotive and railyard emissions in the future:

Information Submittals by the Railroads:

ARB Annual Enforcement Reports and Railyard Inspection Reports

Enforcement Report 2011 - pp. 22-23 2011 Summary
Enforcement Report 2010 - pp. 29-30 2010 Summary
Enforcement Report 2009 - pp.34-44 2009 Summary
Enforcement Report 2008 - pp. 40 2008 Summary
Enforcement Report 2007 - pp. 43-44 2007 Summary
Enforcement Report 2006 - pp.84
Enforcement Report 2005 - pp. 39

ARB Semi-Annual Railyard Inspection Reports

Related Information Documents:

  • Q&A about the 2005 Railyard Agreement - (PDF-17K)
  • 2005 Statewide Railyard Agreement-Fact Sheet (PDF-37k)

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