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Port of Oakland advances its green goals with a $4-million federal grant

April 29, 2024

The Port of Oakland has been awarded a $4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to support its zero-emission initiatives.

“Getting to zero-emission operations requires ongoing collaboration with our tenants and customers as well as support from our state and federal partners to accelerate these transformative investments for the benefit of our local residents," said Danny Wan, the port’s executive director.

The new U.S. funding will facilitate the introduction of zero-emission equipment at the Oakland Seaport to enhance air quality within the port vicinity and for neighbouring communities. The grant will be used to acquire five Class 8 heavy-duty electric trucks, an electric street sweeper, an electric pick-up truck, and electric vehicle chargers. The new equipment is expected to be in operation by 2025.

The port's commitment to achieving zero-emission operations was formalized in 2019 through the Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan. The project is expected to cost $5.1 million in total and will also aim to reduce vehicle idling and its related emissions for the benefit of West Oakland residents.