New Outreach Center to Help Trucks Operate - More Efficiently in Texas
Facility will educate industry on available technologies
May 28, 2013 (Arlington, TX) - A new partnership between the public and private sectors will provide the trucking industry with education and programs to improve efficiency, save money and reduce its impact on regional air quality.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) partnered with Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) to open the region's first Freight Efficiency Outreach Center, funded with a $486,767 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Showcase Communities Program and $234,384 from CSS.
CSS is an Oregon-based nonprofit organization founded in 2007, with several outreach centers located on Interstate Highway 5, the primary West Coast freight corridor, and clients located throughout all 48 lower states.
EPA Region 6 Administrator Ron Curry will join Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins to help open the facility during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the outreach center. It is located in south Dallas, at 34811 LBJ Freeway (IH 20 just west of Bonnie View Road).
At the Dallas center, fleet managers and owner-operators can investigate available grants, programs and financing options that may improve their business practices.
The CSS center will provide truck operators information about how they can contribute to improvements to help North Texas reach attainment of EPA's air quality standard. It will serve as a "one-stop shop" promoting fuel efficiency in the trucking industry, providing technical assistance and information about best practices to truck operators and showcasing low-emission vehicles and EPA-approved technologies.
Since its founding, CSS has upgraded or replaced more than 12,000 vehicles and saved operators more than 55 million gallons of diesel fuel while eliminating 1,900 metric tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a major contributor to ground level smog. It has also made available $60 million in grant funding and $50 million in financing.
Ten Dallas-Fort Worth area counties - Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise - are in nonattainment for the pollutant ozone and have until 2018 to meet the EPA standard.
As part of its ongoing effort to improve regional air quality, NCTCOG provides information about federal, state and local programs that help public and private operators purchase cleaner, more efficient vehicles and equipment. Through this partnership, NCTCOG and CSS will engage technology manufacturers, trucking fleets and owner-operators to help them become part of the solution.
About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.
NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 240 member governments including 16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts.
About Cascade Sierra Solutions:
Cascade Sierra Solutions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, dedicated to financing, identifying, and promoting the use of clean technologies to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution from heavy-duty diesel trucks. Cascade Sierra Solutions works with local clean-air agencies, government entities, and independent truckers and fleets to achieve a sustainable future in freight transportation.