San Bernardino Associated Governments Grant For the Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Truck Replacement Program Project
The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) – a council of 24 city governments and San Bernardino County which serves as the area’s transportation planning agency – will partner with Ryder Truck Transport Services, Inc. to purchase and deploy up to 262 heavy-duty natural gas trucks and to construct two liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling stations. The project has a combined total cost of more than $35.6 million.
The Energy Commission grant will help to pay the difference between the natural gas-powered trucks and the typical vehicle that would operate on petroleum. Under an agreement with SANBAG, Ryder Trucks will deploy the natural gas trucks in their operations in San Bernardino and Orange County areas.
$9,308,000 from the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Transportation Program. In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy is providing $9,308,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
$17,062,737 from project’s participants.
SANBAG is the metropolitan planning organization for the county and the funding agency for the county's transit systems and will provide management oversight.
Ryder Truck is a commercial transportation-, logistics- and supply-chain management company. Ryder Trucks will deploy the natural gas trucks in its Southern California operations.
Other partners providing technical support include:
The Southern California Economic Partnership (administrator of the Southern California Clean Cities program).
Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, headquartered in Santa Monica, an environmental consulting firms specializing in emission reduction, energy and transportation policy, and market development for alternative fuel vehicles.
The LNG-powered trucks will displace over 2 million gallons of petroleum-based diesel fuel per year, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 to 30 percent and cutting area emissions by more than 7,600 tons of CO2 per year. The project will provide work for 82 construction workers and create 346 California maintenance and service support jobs. Training for the maintenance and service support will be provided by Cummins Engine Company.
Grant Agreement Number: ARV-09-001