Tacoma Rail will upgrade three of its locomotives to meet new pollution standards by late next fall thanks to a $2.5 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
The total cost of the upgrade will be $4.3 million with Tacoma Rail contributing $1.8 million.
The locomotives will likely receive new power plants to reduce emissions and to increase their reliability or the municipally owned rail system may purchase already-upgraded locomotives, the railroad said.
The rail system provides switching service on the Tacoma Tideflats and on a 204-mile network that reaches as far south as Morton and Chehalis.
The railroad’s has 16 locomotives in its fleet. The youngest of those were built in 1982.