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File #: 2018-0053   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 2/16/2018 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 3/1/2018 Final action:
Title: WE THEREFORE MOVE to direct the Metro CEO and Staff to, as part of, staff recommended Locally Preferred Alternative 5c: A. Change the Zero Emission/Near Zero Emission truck technology development program to the phased-in "Zero Emission Truck Technology Development Program." B. Increase program funding target from $100 million to $200 million, and include in the Program incentives and grants investment in the acceleration of zero emission technology both for long hauling trucks and for freeway infrastructure, including but not limited to, "under the pavement" vehicle charging capacity as options to consider. C. Convene a working group comprised of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), California Transportation Commission (CTC), the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, zero-emission industry experts and other key st...
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Air Quality Management District, California Transportation Commission, Environmental Impact Report, Environmental impact statements, Gateway Cities (Southeast LA County) Service Sector, Hilda Solis, Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Janice Hahn, Long Beach, Motion / Motion Response, Near zero emissions, Port of Los Angeles, Program, Robert Garcia, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Southern California Association Of Governments, Zero Emissions, Zero-Emission Truck Collaborative, Zoning
Related files: 2018-0091, 2017-0849
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MARCH 1, 2018
REVISED Motion by:


Related to Item 5: I-710 South EIR/EIS Project

The 710 Freeway is a major transportation corridor not only for daily commuters, but also for freight movement from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the nation. While "goods movement" is a major economic driver for our region, it comes at a high cost for the many communities and residents along the 19 mile freeway. For many years, children and adults alike have suffered from serious health issues as a result of the pollution emitted by the trucks delivering freight inland, and neighborhoods have been severely impacted by congestion and traffic. This freeway is known as the "diesel death zone."

For 15 years, Metro has partnered with Caltrans, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, the Ports, the individual cities along the 710, community activists and others, to develop different 'alternatives' to re-imagine the 710 in a way that balances commerce and environmental responsibility.

There are now three alternatives for the Metro Board to choose from: "No Build", "5c" and "7." Both include a funding target of $100 million for the purchase of "Near Zero" (NZE) or "Zero" emission (ZE) trucks that would travel on the 710 corridor. Yet, according to AQMD, even taking into consideration either build alternative, "the region will need substantial additional emission reductions to attain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards." Additionally, Metro has reported that greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions would be reduced by nearly the same levels for either alternative.

Dedicating the funding exclusively to "zero emission" technology once is available and requiring only ZE vehicles be allowed - once they are constructed - could improve air quality standards significantly. The technology for long haul trucks that would emit NO poisonous fumes is emerging quickly, as exhibited by leading ...

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