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Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports Honored for Clean Truck Fund Initiative

LOS ANGELES— The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been recognized by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for their groundbreaking Clean Truck Fund (CTF) initiative. This program, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas and nitrogen oxide emissions, provides funding and incentives for transitioning to cleaner trucks serving the San Pedro Bay port complex. It is part of the ports’ broader strategy to achieve zero-emissions drayage trucking by 2035.

Los Angeles Harbor Commission President Lucille Roybal-Allard praised the creation of the fund as a crucial step in curbing truck-related emissions. Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka emphasized the importance of incentivizing zero-emission truck manufacturing and supporting the transition to cleaner technologies.

Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bobby Olvera Jr. stressed the commitment of the San Pedro Bay ports to providing the region with the cleanest fleet of drayage trucks. Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero highlighted the role of the fund in financially supporting the purchase of cleaner trucks and the development of supporting infrastructure.

The fund, established to accelerate the development of zero-emission technology, collects a rate of $10 per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) on loaded import and export cargo containers. Over its first 24 months, the fund collected $153.7 million, which is being used to incentivize the purchase of zero-emission drayage trucks and charging infrastructure.

The initiative builds upon the ports’ original Clean Truck Program, which mandated the phase-out of older, more polluting trucks. Since its inception, air pollution from trucks at the complex has decreased by more than 90%.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach received the 2024 SCAG Sustainability Award in the Clean Cities: Alternative Fuels and Infrastructure category. This honor reflects their commitment to improving the mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability of the Southern California region.

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