The Los Angeles Harbor Commission is about to consider a new Clean Truck Program at its next meeting March 20.
This program, to be financed by a $35/TEU (20-foot equivalent unit) container fee, seeks to transform the drayage industry rather than fix transportation infrastructure as a similar proposal before Washington's 2007 legislature. The LA CTP addresses public safety (by upgrading the trucking fleet), public health (by requiring clean emission vehicles) and workforce equity (by requiring employee drivers).
These issues were recently surfaced in our community by speakers at the National Defense Transportation Association and the Transportation Club of Tacoma, covered in this blog.
The recommendation from the Washington State Department of Ecology to include the port-industrial area in the non-attainment area for PM2.5 opens the regulatory door for similar actions here.