Port Authority of NY/NJ keeps truck replacement program rolling

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Friday, November 21, 2014

Truck owners who regularly make port calls at marine terminals in New York and New Jersey may be eligible to receive up to $25,000 per truck.

On Wednesday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners approved an additional $2.42 million in funding for the port’s Truck Replacement Program. The funding largely comes from a $2 million federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant, and will cover a maximum of 50 percent of the value of a new truck when replacing a 2007 model year or older truck.

According to a Port Authority news release, the $2.42 million is expected to replace about 80 older trucks.

Since beginning in 2010, the port’s Truck Replacement Program has doled out more than $42 million to replace 429 older trucks with more recent, lower-emission trucks.

“This agency is committed to protecting the environment as we operate some of the region’s most vital transportation infrastructure,” Port Authority Chairman John Degnan said, according to the news release. “This program is a great example of the ways in which we can make our facilities more environmentally friendly at the same time we are increasing their economic development potential.”

The port estimates a reduction of 356 tons of nitrogen oxide and 14 tons of fine particulate matter due to the use of new trucks funded by the program. A 2012 emissions inventory of the port at New York and New Jersey estimated a 28 percent decrease in air pollutants as compared to 2006 levels.

“As a good neighbor and good steward of the environment, the Port Authority’s truck replacement program will go a long way in reducing harmful emissions from the hundreds of trucks that operate at our ports every day,” Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler said, according to the news release. “Working with our federal partners and through the Port Authority’s Clear Air Strategy for the Port program, we will continue to create a greener and more environmentally sustainable port in the New York and New Jersey region.”

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