Transportation

Program Aims To Get Dirty Trucks Off The Road

Drivers at the Port of Houston can apply for loans and grants to buy new fuel-efficient trucks.

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The EPA is giving the Port of Houston about $900,000 to expand the Drayage Truck Program. The program is a joint effort with the Houston-Galveston Area Council. It’s for drivers who transport cargo from the port.

Those drivers can apply for grants and loans to replace their trucks with newer vehicles that don’t pollute as much.

Combined with local matching funds, officials say the money should help get about 14 dirty trucks off the road in the Greater Houston region. H-GAC says it’s been able to replace about 200 older trucks since 2009.

Drivers taking part in the program have to send their old truck to the scrap yard, and buy a vehicle equipped with a 2012 or newer engine.  

They also have to agree to install monitoring equipment, so the Port and H-GAC can keep track of fuel savings and emissions reduction.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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