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 LA GRANGE, Ill., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Electro-Motive, a division of General Motors, (NYSE: GM) has designed a dramatic new body shape for its fourth order of commuter locomotives for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), it announced today. Eight of the advanced and aerodynamically efficient F59PH-M commuter locomotives will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 1994.
 The order, which is valued at $18 million, will bring to 31 the number of commuter locomotives delivered to the newly established SCRRA. The SCRRA's Metrolink transit rail system opened for business in October of 1992 servicing a five-county region surrounding greater Los Angeles. That system is now carrying in excess of 18,000 passengers a day on a commuter system powered exclusively by EMD designed and built locomotives.
 The selection of a new and distinctive aerodynamic shape for its latest locomotive order follows a similar decision by the California Department of Transportation which will buy nine of the sleek new generation F59PH-M locomotives for its inter-city service in 1994. The 3,000 horsepower units are equipped with EMD's 12-cylinder 710G3A engine, the new EM2000 microprocessor control system and also feature the new isolated WhisperCab(TM), which provides vastly improved levels of comfort for the operating crew.
 The commuter locomotives designed and build by Electro-Motive have become the first delivered in the United States to meet tough pollution control requirements in terms of both emissions and noise. "These will be the quietest and cleanest locomotives operating in the United States setting new industry standard levels of conformance," said John Jarrell, general manager of Electro-Motive. "They will also provide new levels of operating efficiency and reliability for SCRRA's fast growing Metrolink service."
 The new federal Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency authority to regulate locomotive emissions from new locomotives. The California Air Resources Board also has state authority to regulate in-use locomotives. Nitrogen oxide emissions from the new generation of F59PH-M locomotives are already 25 percent lower than from EMD's previous model F40 commuter locomotive.
 The new generation F59PH-M units will become part of Southern California's burgeoning Metrolink rail system, a 30-year, multi-billion- dollar public transit initiative aimed at moving people off California's traffic-choked freeways and vastly improving air quality in one of the most densely populated areas of the state.
 Electro-Motive, based in LaGrange, is one of the world's largest suppliers of Diesel-electric passenger and commuter rail locomotives. Its transit customers in North America include Southern California's Metrolink system, the California Department of Transportation's CALTRANS system, Metropolitan Toronto's GO-Transit service, Chicago's Metra system and the Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority.
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