NY, NJ Port Authority to announce clean truck program, grant money

| 3/8/2010

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will announce details this week of its “Phase-Out Plan” for drayage trucks serving the high volume East Coast ports.

The announcement will be made at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Truck Replacement Center at the Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal.

The truck plan could be similar to one developed at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, in which trucks were phased out by year until they met at least 2007 model year engine standards.

Los Angeles’ plan also would require all truck drivers visiting the port to be company employees, which has sparked a massive ongoing legal fight between that port and American Trucking Associations.

The port will also give more details about its Truck Replacement Program, including plans to replace as many as 636 drayage trucks with pre-1994 engines.

The Truck Replacement Center is located at 1180 McLester St. at the Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer