Clean Trucks For Clean Air

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Southern California’s air quality is the worst in the nation.

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest in the nation, creating thousands of jobs and source of enormous economic activity. Yet with thousands of diesel trucks moving 40% of the nation’s cargo from the ports complex through our region to their final destination, the ports—including the ships, trains, and trucks—are also Greater LA’s single largest source of pollution.

The price we pay?

Residents of nearby port neighborhoods—along with goods movement corridor frontline communities the diesel trucks move through—suffer from asthma, upper respiratory disease, and the region’s highest cancer risk from air pollution.

In 2017, the Mayors of LA and Long Beach set a regional target—and in 2019 Governor Newsom set the same target statewide—to require 100% of the short haul drayage trucks to be zero emissions by 2035. LACI’s public-private Transportation Electrification Partnership set a target of 40% zero-emissions drayage trucks and 60% electric delivery vans in Greater Los Angeles by the 2028 Olympics. 

However, with global trade and e-commerce on the rise, the ports are receiving and processing record numbers of cargo containers. And pollution is on the rise again.

40% of goods entering the US come through Southern California ports.
Pollution is on the rise again.
Asthma, lung disease and health costs are also on the rise.
Our communities cannot afford to wait until 2035 for change to breathe clean air.
Time is running out.

We have solutions.

That’s why we need to accelerate progress toward zero emissions transportation of our goods. The Governor’s proposed budget has set a historic level of funding for climate priorities, including for $875 million for zero emissions goods transportation. Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have also instituted a container fee to fund the transition.

Yet we need additional funding to move more quickly toward a zero-emissions future. We can clean up our air with EV trucks AND create good paying green jobs by installing truck charging infrastructure. We can keep our ports running AND help grow our economy with cleantech startup innovations.

Tell your state legislator to increase the budget for zero emissions goods transportation TODAY!

Read the recent letter from a broad coalition of organizations, including the ports, mayors, labor, environmental justice organizations, and LACI, requesting $3.31 billion budget for zero emissions goods movement and related investment. As part of this request, it is critical to ensure specific funding of $100 million for charging infrastructure along the I-710 corridor.

Here’s how you can make a difference.

Help clean our air and protect our families and communities NOW.

  1. Use our secure platform to automatically send a message to your representatives and let your voice be heard.

  2. Click here to find your representatives and use the suggested “Clean Air For All” copy to call or email them with your concerns.

About TEP

The Transportation Electrification Partnership is an unprecedented regional public-private collaboration to accelerate deep reductions in climate and air pollution by the time of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games by pursuing bold targets, pilots, initiatives, and policies that are equity-driven, create quality jobs, and grow the economy as outlined in our Zero Emissions Roadmap 2.0.

The Partnership was established by LACI in May 2018 following conversations between several individuals who now comprise some of the Leadership Group members. The Leadership Group is the governing body of the Partnership with the top principals representing each organization, and includes the key entities needed to accelerate zero emissions mobility and goods movement by the time of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Greater Los Angeles region.

The Leadership Group is complemented by a growing and influential Advisory Group, comprised of representatives key to achieving the Partnership goal and targets, including: leading automakers, industry organizations, public sector agencies, startup companies and labor organizations.


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