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AQMD awards $40M to replace diesel buses, trucks

Posted on December 21, 2010

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) awarded over $40 million to 11 school districts and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Dec. 3 for the replacement of diesel buses and trucks.

The $21 million designated for use by school districts will help to replace 128 pre-1994 and 18 pre-1987 diesel school buses with buses powered by compressed natural gas and propane.

Another $19 million will allow 400 diesel trucks operating in the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach to be replaced.

With the grants, AQMD has now funded the replacement of more than 1,100 older diesel school buses and over 2,500 older diesel trucks with cleaner, lower-emission models.

“Diesel soot remains a serious health threat and accelerating the transition to cleaner vehicle fleets is one important way we can help protect public health,” said Dennis Yates, vice chairman of AQMD’s Governing Board. “Today’s award helps get some of the dirtiest diesel trucks and school buses off southland roadways.” 

The funding comes from voter-approved Proposition 1B.  Additional funding for school bus replacements comes from the EPA and the state’s Carl Moyer Program.

Related Topics: CNG, propane

Comments ( 2 )
  • Dan Herman

     | about 8 years ago

    This story is both ironic and wasteful. Ironic because the State of California, long the harbinger of the quest for clean air and emissions controls, is still operating 25 year old buses with pre-emissions regulated diesel engines while at the same time certain elements (AQMD) continue to cry to the world about the evil dirty diesels. Wasteful because today's (2010) diesel engines have particulate emissions levels equal to or better than CNG and at a lower purchase and (total) operating cost. The California Air Resources Board itself once published a statement saying that diesel could provide more total emissions reduction than CNG because, with a specific amount of funding, more new diesel powered vehicles could be purchased to replace older higher emitting units.

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