NY-NJ Port to Seek More Grants for Clean-Trucks Plan

NY-NJ Port to Seek More Grants for Clean-Trucks Plan

New York-New Jersey port officials said they will seek additional federal grants to support a second phase of their plan to replace the port’s oldest container-hauling trucks with newer, cleaner-operating vehicles by 2017.

Rick Larrabee, director of port commerce at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said the clean-trucks program attempts to balance environmental needs with commercial realities by targeting the 10 to 15 percent of the port’s harbor drayage fleet that was built before 1994.

The clean-trucks plan would ban pre-1994 trucks from port terminals next Jan. 1 and ban pre-2007 trucks at the start of 2017. A $28 million program combining port funds and a $7 million Environmental Protection Agency grant will subsidize the replacement of pre-1994 trucks with vehicle-powered 2004-2007-model engines.

Some truckers complained that the replacement trucks acquired under the program’s five-year loans will be banned from port terminals barely a year after the loans are repaid.

Larrabee said the port authority developed the program to replace as many of the oldest, highest-polluting trucks as funding would permit, and to allow truckers to pay off existing loans before they have to acquire newer trucks under the program’s next phase.

Contact Joseph Bonney at jbonney@joc.com.