Over the last 11 years, the Herzog Transit Systems Incorporated (HTSI) mechanical department has worked to develop maintenance procedures that utilize ground power whenever available, which permits ACE diesel-powered equipment to be shut down to facilitate servicing and repair. This results in the following:
- Reduced fuel consumption and emissions.
- Extended life, and thus the reliability of some very expensive rotating components.
- A reduction in the maintenance-related noise pollution our employees and neighbors are subjected to.
Instead of purchasing one-gallon plastic containers of distilled water, which is used to service the emergency batteries in each passenger car and locomotive, Herzog installed a deionization system that conditions tap water for this task. This not only reduces the cost of this product but also eliminates recycling plastic containers.
In addition to the above, we comply with the Hazardous Material Management Plan of the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Service (OES) and the San Joaquin Environmental Health Department (SJEHD) regarding dumping and recycling. These two agencies are bound by policies of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
We also comply with all State (CalOSHA) and Federal (EPA) programs and policies regarding the disposal of any waste that has the potential to pollute. Finally, we partner with the Union Pacific Railroad whenever possible, to recycle as one organization instead of two. This eliminates redundant permit and disposal fees associated with these programs.