(AP) — Illinois officials have allocated the first grants to buy cleaner-burning engines from an emissions lawsuit settlement Volkswagen reached with federal officials.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced that $19 million will finance cleaner-burning public-transit trains and buses.READ MORE: 3 Men Injured In River North Parking Garage Shooting
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EPA Director Alec Messina says the state’s program is meant primarily to take old diesel engines out of service. Metra will get $14 million to purchase eight cleaner diesel engines.
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