The Juniata shop has done terrific job in pushing the envelope to get one of the first battery-powered locomotive engines in the country up and running. Today, I toured the shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania, with Congressman Bill Shuster as Norfolk Southern unveiled the latest in alternative energy locomotive technology.
Even better, this project is also an example of strong partnerships, in this case a joint effort of the Dept. of Energy, DOT's Federal Railroad Administration, Norfolk Southern, and Penn State University.
By working together to develop alternative energy sources and innovative technologies like this electric locomotive, partnerships like this one will make tomorrow's transportation more sustainable and energy-efficient.
The Obama Administration has put transportation at the center of our efforts to reduce energy dependence and address climate change, and solving those challenges will require the kind of creativity the Norfolk Southern 999 partnership demonstrated today.
I'm proud of the Federal Railroad Administration's investment in this partnership, and I look forward to building on this success.