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gmbond -- Prop 1B Air Quality Program – Schedule Change

Posted: 19 Nov 2007 15:29:25
We want to update you on the schedule for adoption and
implementation of the $1 billion Goods Movement Emission
Reduction Program.  Meeting notices and reports will continue to
be available on our website at:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/gmbond.

We are now developing the proposed Guidelines, along with a
staff report recommending funding targets and early grant
projects – we plan to release these documents on December 21,
2007, followed by public workshops the week of January 7, 2008. 
The Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing to consider
adoption of the Guidelines and approval of the targets and early
grant projects on January 24, 2008 in Sacramento.  Following
adoption, we will solicit applications in February from local
agencies to fund projects that directly reduce air pollution
through the use of cleaner equipment.  ARB will hold a public
hearing and allocate the first $250 million in bond monies to
local agencies in Spring 2008.  We expect that those agencies
will begin announcing the availability of incentives for
equipment owners in Summer 2008.

Background:  The Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program is a
partnership between the State Air Resources Board (ARB) and
local agencies (like air districts, ports, and transportation
agencies) to quickly reduce air pollution emissions and health
risk from freight movement along California's trade corridors. 
ARB will provide funding to eligible local agencies; those
agencies will then offer financial incentives to owners of
equipment used in freight movement to upgrade to cleaner
technologies.  We are proposing that the Program fund projects
to upgrade diesel engines or provide alternative power sources
for trucks, locomotives, ships at dock, commercial harbor craft,
and cargo equipment operating in California’s four priority trade
corridors (the Los Angeles/Inland Empire, Central Valley, Bay
Area, and San Diego/Border regions).  

Contact Information:  If you have questions, please call our
Goods Movement Information line at:  (916) 44-GOODS (444-6637),
or send an email to: gmbond@arb.ca.gov

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