Long Beach Mayor, Ports dedicate Clean Trucks Center
August 27, 2008
With a ceremonial blast of truck horns, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and leaders of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles officially dedicated the Clean Trucks Center on Terminal Island on August 22.
In a series of speeches, officials discussed how the center is helping replace dirty trucks with cleaner models as part of a program to reduce air pollution from the truck fleet by 80 percent by 2012.
The event was part of "Clean Trucks Center Week," an outreach event that welcomed truck drivers, truck owners and other stakeholders to view the clean truck models soon to be hauling containers through the ports as part of the Clean Trucks Program. The Center, at New Dock Street and Pier S Avenue, was created to be a "one-stop-shop" to assist truck owners who need to comply with the ports' new emission reduction requirements.
Mayor Foster, Long Beach Harbor Commission President James C. Hankla, Los Angeles Harbor Commission President S. David Freeman and California Air Resources Board Executive Officer James Goldstein spoke at the dedication. Foster and port officials climbed in new, clean-diesel or alternative fueled big-rigs and simultaneously blasted their horns to officially dedicate the Center.
The CTC is a complex of temporary offices where licensed motor carriers and independent owner operators can apply for grants and leases for new trucks, register for their Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC), apply for financial assistance, and learn about the many new services that the ports have created for the drayage industry, such as the Port of Long Beach's "Healthy Drivers" health insurance program.