Press Release Article
PORT AUTHORITY BOARD AUTHORIZES PROGRAM TO REPLACE OLDER, MORE POLLUTING TRUCKS SERVING THE PORT OF NY/NJ
Date: Jul 23, 2009
Press Release Number: 94-2009
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized a program designed to help replace more than 600 of the oldest, most polluting trucks serving the Port of New York and New Jersey with newer models that generate less pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
The up to $28 million program, which is partially funded through a $7 million federal grant, is designed to encourage the owners of up to 636 pre-1994 trucks that regularly serve the port to purchase newer vehicles, which would result in a reduction of approximately 120 tons of NOx, 14 tons of fine particulate matter, and 1,700 tons of greenhouse gases per year.
The truck replacement program has the support of New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine, the administration of New York Governor David Paterson, federal and state legislators, local elected officials, business leaders and environmental groups, who all agree that this is an important component of the agency’s overall strategy to clean the air around the port.
Through the use of the federal grant funds, the program will pay for 25 percent of the cost of the purchase of a newer model truck. The remainder of the program funds will be used to provide low-interest loans.
ACCION USA Inc., a leading nonprofit organization that provides assistance to credit challenged small businesses, will administer the program funds. Tetra Tech will manage the overall program, including outreach, monitoring and reporting services.
The Port Authority will conduct extensive marketing to encourage truck drivers to participate and reach out to regional truck dealerships to provide information on how they also can participate.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “We’ve built a strong record of establishing environmentally friendly programs in our port over the years, including major investments to build on-dock rail, retrofitting marine vessels with cleaner engines, and preserving environmentally sensitive property. This program builds on that legacy and will assist us in our efforts to be good environmental stewards.”
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “We hope to work with our port partners to generate as much interest as possible in this new program. It is a great way to clean up our air while modernizing the truck fleet that serves our port.”
Deputy Executive Director Susan Bass Levin said, “New Jersey and the region rely on the economic development and good jobs our port brings, but they also need clean air to breathe. Today we’re taking a step to help us achieve both these critical needs, and we’ll continue to develop innovative ways to make New Jersey and the region a leader in sustainable economic development.”
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Candace McAdams or Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Greenville Yard-Port Authority Marine Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.