The California Air Resources Board awarded $200 million in Proposition 1B funds to cut harmful emissions from heavy-duty trucks and other sources in the state’s four busiest trade corridors to clean up air pollution and protect community health.
The Los Angeles/Inland Empire, Central Valley, Bay Area and San Diego/Border regions received the funds from the Proposition 1B, approved by voters in 2006. Previous Proposition 1B funds in 2008 provided $246 million to local agencies putting more than 5,000 cleaner trucks on the state’s roads.
The trade corridors to receive funding are:
- $110 million for Los Angeles/Inland Empire;
- $55.5 million for Central Valley; and,
- $31 million for the Bay Area and San Diego/Border regions.
The recommended distribution of the $200 million among the four trade corridors is based on program guidelines adopted in March. The money will be used to reduce emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks, locomotives and rail yards, ship berths, cargo equipment and commercial harbor craft such as tugboats and crew and supply vessels.
The $200 million will be distributed to the following projects:
- $112 million for diesel truck upgrades;
- $81 million for ships at berth and cargo handling projects;
- $6 million for freight locomotive projects; and,
- $0.5 million for harbor craft projects.
Projects include truck grants which will help independent truck owners and others comply early with the statewide truck rule adopted in 2008. The newly funded projects are estimated to reduce emissions by more than 29,000 tons of NOx and more than 600 tons of particulate matter over the life of the project.
The $1-billion Proposition 1B: Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program is funded through the sale of voter-approved bonds in the financial market and is a partnership between the ARB and local agencies such as districts and seaports, to quickly reduce air pollution emissions and health risk from freight movement along California’s trade corridors. Local agencies apply to ARB for funding, and then those agencies offer financial incentives to owners of equipment used in freight movement to upgrade to cleaner technologies. Projects funded under this program must achieve early or extra emission reductions to complement ARB regulations.