Port of Oakland Air Quality Initiatives Supported by $4 Million Federal Grant

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The Port of Oakland was awarded a $4 million grant for its zero-emissions initiatives at the Oakland Seaport. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) made the announcement last week, according to an article published on their website.

Federal funding

This federal funding will advance the introduction of zero-emissions equipment at the Oakland Seaport and help improve overall air quality at the Oakland Seaport and in neighboring communities. The Port and its tenant, Eagle Rock Aggregates, will receive $4 million for five Class 8 heavy-duty electric trucks, an electric street sweeper, an electric pick-up truck, and electric vehicle chargers.  

This FHWA funding was made possible with support from the Biden Administration, Senators Laphonza Butler, Alex Padilla, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, along with the Bay Area congressional delegation.  

 The zero-emissions vehicles and charging equipment are planned to be in operation by 2025, with a total estimated project cost of $5.1 million. It will help minimize vehicle idling, emissions, and environmental impacts on West Oakland residents. 

In 2019, the Port of Oakland formalized its commitment to becoming a zero-emissions seaport by adopting the Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan. The plan provides the framework and strategy for the Port’s transition to zero-emissions equipment for operations at its marine terminals and off-dock facilities.  

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Source: Port of Oakland