Aimed at reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, the Port Authority and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have launched a financial incentive program to replace up to 636 of the oldest, most polluting trucks serving the marine terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey with newer, cleaner models.
The Port of New York and New Jersey joins the ranks of several other U.S. ports including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, and Tacoma that have banned older, polluting trucks from servicing their terminals.
The $28-million Clean Truck Program is aimed at getting owners of pre-1994 drayage trucks that regularly serve the port’s marine terminals to purchase newer vehicles. The program is partly funded by a $7 million EPA grant, with the remainder coming from Port Authority funds. Pre-applications can be filled out online at http://www.replacemytruck.org.
The agency also announced a truck phase-out plan. All pre-1994 model trucks would be banned from the Port Authority marine terminals beginning January 1, 2011, and trucks not equipped with engines that meet or exceed 2007 federal emissions standards will no longer be able to serve the marine terminals starting on January 1, 2017.
In addition to reducing emissions, truck operators can also benefit from the more energy-efficient engines, cutting fuel costs by up to 20 percent, according to the Port Authority.
The Truck Replacement Program is part of the Clean Air Strategy for the Port of New York and New Jersey targeted at reducing emissions from all port-related sources and improving air quality in the region.
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