SCAQMD Awards Nearly $33 Million to Reduce Emissions from Locomotives, Rail Yard Equipment and Ships

July 8, 2016

In one of its largest recent awards for clean-air equipment, the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Governing Board today approved nearly $33 million in goods movement projects to reduce diesel emissions at the region’s two ports and along the goods movement corridor to the Inland Empire. 

The projects include replacing long-haul locomotives and cargo handling equipment with cleaner engines and using emission capture-and-control systems on ships in berth to reduce emissions from idling ships.

“Projects to clean up diesel fleets in the region continue to be a top priority for this agency, as is securing incentive funding for implementation,” said Wayne Nastri, SCAQMD’s Acting Executive Officer. “We need more incentives such as these if we are to successfully implement our clean air plan and provide cleaner air for the millions of residents in the Southland.”

Today’s award provides funding to replace 11 long-haul locomotives and one switcher locomotive with engines that meet the lowest emissions certification or cleaner; 71 rail yard diesel trucks and forklifts with zero-emission battery electric models; and related charging infrastructure.  In addition, funding was awarded for two emission capture-and-control systems to be barge-mounted and used to reduce emissions from ships while at berth in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

            The new equipment and vehicles are expected to provide long-term emission reduction benefits to the Southland by reducing an estimated 226 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and six tons of fine particulates or PM2.5 emissions per year.

            The projects are funded by Proposition 1B, which authorized $1 billion for the state’s Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program to accelerate the reduction of diesel emissions from various goods movement projects. To date, Prop. 1B funding has provided about $400 million to SCAQMD to reduce diesel emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks, locomotives and ships.

In other action today, the SCAQMD Board:

  • Approved $1 million for the development and demonstration of 10 zero-emission fuel cell electric buses to be deployed by the Orange County Transportation Authority by late 2017. The funding is part of a partnership with The Center for Transportation and the Environment which was awarded $22.3 million to develop and demonstrate a total of 20 zero-emission fuel cell electric transit buses, as well as hydrogen refueling infrastructure, under the state’s Low Carbon Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund investments.  Other partners include Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, Bay Area AQMD and AC Transit.

SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.