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SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUTER TRAINS SWITCH TO BIODIESEL

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on October 30, 2008

October 29, 2008

South Florida’s inter-county Tri-Rail system is to start operating on bio-diesel, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority has announced today.

Eight of 10 Tri-Rail locomotives, which run between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, will use a 99% blend of either palm or soy oil, official say. The other two locomotives will continue to use regular diesel.

Because of Miami’s warm climate, the Tri-Rail is one of the few commuter rail systems in the country that can tolerate such a high blend of bio-fuel (biodiesel will congeal at cold temperatures).

While the Tri-Rail locomotives use 7 percent more fuel when operating on biodiesel, the fuel costs approximately 30 cents per gallon less than diesel, according to the South Florida RTA.

– David Adams, Times Staff Writer

Posted by Times Editor at 12:57:42 PM on October 29, 2008

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