COOS BAY -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Coos Bay Rail Link as a new member in its SmartWay Transport Partnership program.

The EPA noted the rail line's green standards, including improving fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

The rail line is the 19th rail carrier in the nation to become a SmartWay member, joining its sister railroad, San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad, in Benson, Ariz.

The SmartWay program began a decade ago and now has more than 3,000 members. It works to reduce "transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency," according to the EPA.

This recognition comes on the heels of the rail being named 2014 Short Line Railroad of the Year in March by railroad transportation industry trade publication Railway Age.

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