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Trucking Grants by the Gateway Cities Fleet Modernization Program in SoCal

Truck funding for owners of heavy-duty trucks who primarily operate their vehicles in 27 SoCal cities

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Gateway Cities Fleet Modernization Program Replaces More Than 600 High-Polluting Trucks Through the Gateway Cities Truck Replacement Initiative.

The Gateway Cities Council of Governments -- GCCOG -- has passed the 600th truck milestone in its landmark Fleet Modernization Program. Since its inception in 2002, the GCCOG Fleet Modernization Program has funded the replacement of 602 gross polluting trucks.

Replacement of the Oldest Trucks on the Road

Originally created as a way to help commercial truck owners and fleet operators reduce their vehicles' emissions in a business-friendly manner, the truck replacement initiative accelerates the turnover of the oldest trucks on the road and continues to serve as one of the nation's most successful models for reducing pollution from older diesel trucks.

Gateway Cities Clean Air Program

The Gateway Cities Clean Air Program is managed by the GCCOG in partnership with the San Pedro Bay Ports (the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach), the California Air Resources Board, the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. To date, approximately 75% of the grant funding has come from the Port of Los Angeles.

The recipient of the 600th truck replacement grant from GCCOG was Jaime Espinoza of Bellflower, California. Upon learning that his award helped GCCOG surpass a milestone, Mr. Espinoza, who has been driving a port truck for the last twenty years, spoke of the U.S. being the land of opportunity. "The program is great because it helps working people who care about this country," said Espinoza. He added, "I would not have been able to replace my truck at least for another couple years. It is good that the government is concerned with decreasing pollution levels."

GRANTS for 2/3s of the cost of replacing older trucks with newer rigs

GCCOG's fleet modernization program provides funding to owners of heavy-duty trucks who primarily operate their vehicles in the 27 cities that make up the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. The grants typically account for two-thirds or more of the cost of replacing older trucks with newer rigs. The replacement trucks are equipped with engines that meet cleaner emission standards, while also being more fuel efficient and reliable. As an additional benefit (performed at the discretion of each funding agency), some replacement trucks are also being equipped with retrofit devices that further reduce levels of harmful air pollutants. Each old (replaced) truck is destroyed to ensure that emissions benefits of the program are real and permanent.

Reduce Emissions of Smog-Forming chemicals and Toxic Air Emissions

Each replacement truck significantly reduces emissions of smog-forming chemicals and toxic air contaminants. Over the five years that the trucks are required to stay in the program, an average replacement truck will prevent approximately 1,200 lbs. of NOx and 800 lbs. of diesel particulate emissions. In the future, the quantity of emissions reductions are expected to increase due to recent program changes that require even cleaner replacement trucks.

The Fleet Modernization program is one of three elements of the Gateway Cities Clean Air Program. The other two include the Port of Long Beach's initiative to reduce emissions from cargo handling equipment and the San Pedro Bay Port's truck retrofit program, which installs emission control devices on port trucks that don't qualify for the replacement program.

Under the terms of the truck replacement program, applicants must agree to continue to operate their trucks 85% of the time within the South Coast Air Basin for five years. Individual funding agencies can focus their grant funding on truckers who drive extensively in their jurisdictions, to maximize emissions reductions in specific "hot spot" areas, such as in and around the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Award levels are a function of the amount of pollution that will be avoided through the replacement of the older truck. The average award per truck since the program began is about $36,300, although lately the awards have increased significantly as the newest and cleanest replacement trucks become available for deployment.



Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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