Release 09-48
May 26, 2009

    Mary Salas Fricke
(916) 322-2990
$161 million in Prop 1B funds to restart projects for cleaner trucks and buses
Payment is for projects halted due to 2008 state budget crisis

SACRAMENTO -- The Air Resources Board will receive $161 million in the next installment of the 2006 voter-approved Proposition 1B funds for cleaning up emissions from school buses, trucks and port equipment as a result of the State Treasurer's sale of bonds on Earth Day.

The Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program will receive $90 million and the Lower-Emission School Bus Program will receive approximately $71 million. ARB administers both programs, part of a larger $19.93 billion 2006 Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality and Port Security Bond Act. In December 2008, ARB suspended implementation of these programs because of the state's inability to raise bond funds.

"We are glad to see these critical clean-air programs restarting," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "Californians will have healthier air to breathe in the four trade corridors, and our children will be exposed to fewer toxic emissions from older, dirty school buses."

This bond money will be used to:

For a full list of funded projects, visit: /bonds/gmbond/docs/2009_05_20_external_prop_1b_funds_distribution.pdf

The $1 billion Proposition 1B: Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program is a partnership between the Air Resources Board and local agencies (like air districts and seaports) to quickly reduce air pollution emissions and health risk from freight movement along California's trade corridors. Local agencies apply to ARB for funding, and then those agencies offer financial incentives to owners of equipment used in freight movement to upgrade to cleaner technologies. Projects funded under this program must achieve early or extra emission reductions to complement ARB rules.

The $200 million Lower Emission School Bus program is a partnership between ARB, the 35 local air districts and school districts throughout the state, with the goal of reducing school children's exposure to both cancer-causing and smog-forming pollution. The program provides grant funding for new, safer school buses and air pollution retrofit equipment.

For more information on Proposition 1B, visit: /gmbond.

For more information on the Lower Emission School Bus program, visit: /bonds/schoolbus/schoolbus.htm

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.