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Transport Control
Goods Movement Improvements and Emission Reduction Strategies
Source Category Pollutants Related Authorities Cost Summary
Transport Control-Logistics Key ozone precursors, ROG and NOx, PM Local governments, Ports, goods movement businesses and other agencies TBD

This control measure would reduce emissions of the key ozone precursors, ROG and NOx, and diesel particulate matter associated with goods movement by providing incentive funding for diesel equipment owners to purchase cleanerthanrequired vehicles and equipment


This measure will reduce emissions of the key ozone precursors, ROG andNOx, and diesel particulate matter associated with goods movement by investing thegoods trade corridors and by providing incentive funding for diesel equipmentowners to purchase cleanerthanrequired vehicles and equipment.


Goods movement is acritical component of port area’s economic and transportation system. Whether itis delivering construction materials or consumer goods to the growing population,or exporting electronics and food throughout the world, a robust goods movementsystem is essential for both business and residents to function and thrive in portarea.

Exposure to dieselpollution from goods movement operations greatly impacts the health of communityresidents near ports, rail yards, distribution centers, and roads with hightruck volumes.

The government hasadopted rules that require owners of diesel trucks and equipment, includingthose associated with goods movement, such as onroad trucks andharbor craft, to limit emissions from their fleets. The federal government has alsotaken action to limit emissions from locomotive engines. Although these regulationswill require that equipment meets stringent standards, anticipated growth ingoods movement over the next 20 years may offset much of the benefits thatthese regulations will achieve. Thus, incentive programs offered through theDistrict are designed to provide emission reductions that go beyond reductionsrequired by CARB. For example, regulations require upgrades to equipment infuture years; the District incentive programs offer funds for engine owners toupgrade equipment in advance of these regulations, thereby funding emissionreductions that are not yet mandated. Incentive programs can also offer fundsfor reduction of pollutants that are not required, for example, NOx and ROGreductions, when only PM reductions are required. In sum, although CARB (andfederal) requirements will result in substantial emission reductions from thegoods movement sector, incentive funding can be used to speed up thesereductions or generate additional emission reductions that would otherwise notoccur.

Expected Results

Emission Reduction


Exposure Reduction

This measure directly addresses air quality in impacted communities.Studies show that 80% of the risk from toxic air contaminants from dieselparticulate emissions.


Energy/fuel cost savings from more efficient and reliable engines.

Economic benefitsfrom faster, more efficient goods movement.

Emission ReductionTradeoffs:

Adding dieselretrofit devices to diesel engines may result in a decrease in fuel efficiency,thereby increasing emissions of carbon dioxide. For example, CARB and the EPAestimate that a heavyheavy duty (HHD) diesel truck with a retrofitdevice added would experience a decrease in fuel efficiency of 3.5 percent onaverage. By District staff computations, for a HHD truck traveling 30,000 milesper year, this decrease is estimated to result in an additional 4,382 poundsper year of carbon dioxide.

Related Authorities

Local governments,Ports, goods movement businesses and other agencies

Implementation Action

Phase 1 (2012)

BAAQMD to implement:

  • Statefunded diesel emission reduction incentive programs, including the Carl Moyer Program and Proposition 1B Goods Movement program ($144 million)

    Replacement or retrofit of port and general goods movement trucks operating in the region via Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program, (subject to availability of funding)

  • The TFCAfunded Advanced Technology Program to fund hybrid heavyduty trucks and demonstration projects ($1.5million a year).

Phase 2 (2020)

MTC to implement the following sevenProposition 1B Trade Corridors Improvement Fund

(TCIF) projects ($585 million):

  • 7th Street Grade Separation

  • I80 Eastbound, Cordelia Truck Scales Relocation

  • Martinez Subdivision Rail Corridor Improvements

  • San Francisco Bay to Port of Stockton Channel Dredging

  • I580 Eastbound Truck Climbing Lane

  • I880 Improvements at 23rd and 29th Avenues

  • Outer Harbor Intermodal Terminals


Phase 1: $146 million

Phase 2: $1 billion

Monitoring Mechanisms

  • Completion of major project milestones for TCIFprojects.

  • Changes in Vehicle Hours of Delay (VHD) on TCIFcorridors.

  • Number of goods movement trucks retrofitted orreplaced through the Goods Movement Emission Reduction program, and amount ofemissions reduced through these retrofits/replacements.

  • Number of grants and amount of money awardedthrough Carl Moyer Program and the Alternative Technology Program, emissionsreduced through these grants.


1. MTC’s Transportation 2035 Plan:

2. MTC’s Goods Movement Initiatives 2009Update:

3. ARB’s Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program:

4. BAAQMD’s Strategic Initiatives:

5.ARB’s Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program: