Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Seattle Reschedules Port Trucker Meeting

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Seattle has rescheduled a meeting with drayage truckers regarding the port’s new Truck Scrapping & Replacement Program, known as ScRAPS 2. The meeting, originally planned for April 17, is now scheduled for May 15.

Starting in January 2018, all drayage trucks accessing the Port of Seattle are required to have engines that are model-year 2007 or newer, or that meet 2007 federal emission standards. The May 15 meeting will take a look at the guidelines and application requirements for the ScRAPS 2 program, as well as provide an outlook on Seattle’s 2014 cargo business.

An open house is scheduled for 5:30 pm May 15 at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle Community College, 6737 Corson Ave. South, Seattle. The open house will be followed by a 6 pm presentation on ScRAPS 2 and a question-and-answer session. Validated parking and light refreshments will be provided, according to the port.

Seattle is expected to launch ScRAPS 2 later this spring. The program, partially funded by federal and state grants, is expected to provide up to $20,000 to owners who scrap old drayage trucks and replace them with trucks with model-year 2007 or newer engines. The current level of funding is anticipated to provide incentives for about 180 trucks.

The project is expected to run through mid-2015 or until funds are depleted. The port says the program and application processes are still in the design stages.

More information about the meeting and the ScRAPS 2 program is available on the port’s website: http://www.portseattle.org/Environmental/Air/Seaport-Air-Quality/Documents/SCRAPS2_meeting_flyer_051514.pdf.