The Massachusetts Port Authority plans to replace up to 60 old drayage trucks at the Port of Boston through a $1.5 million program that includes a $500,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The program will pay half the cost, up to $25,000 per unit, of replacing older trucks with vehicles whose engines meet 2007-model emission standards.
The Massport board applied for the EPA grant in January but voted in June to provide $1 million to start the program with or without federal funding. The EPA grant will allow the program to be expanded.
Massport said its program is expected to begin replacing older trucks by late this year or early 2012.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is wrapping up the first phase of a similar truck-replacement program.
David S. Mackey, Massport’s interim CEO, called the clean-trucks plan “an innovative program which will have a measurable effect on qir quality, and therefore the quality of life of residents in South Boston,” where the port’s Conley Container Terminal is located.