Drivers with trucks registered with the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program can now use a dedicated fast lane to APM Terminals’ Pier 400 facility at the Port of Los Angeles.
APM Terminals on Dec. 5 officially opened its Clean Truck Express Lane, a move that’s expected to lower pollution and gate-in times and meets the company’s sustainability target of reaching net zero emissions by 2040, according to the terminal operator.
“This initiative is not just about reducing emissions; it’s about redefining industry standards and helping our customers and communities transition towards sustainable supply chains,” APM Terminals Pier 400 Managing Director Jon Poelma said.
About 3,000 trucks travel through APM Terminals Pier 400’s truck gates daily, with more than 850,000 truck transactions in the last 12 months, the company has said.
Preliminary studies on truck turn times show that the express lane could potentially save an average of nine minutes per turn compared to regular lanes, with more time savings at peak hours, according to APM. As much as 34 pounds of Scope 1 CO2 emissions also could be removed on every zero-emission truck trip, the company added.
The express lane is expected to undergo a review at the end of a pilot phase, then the company is expected to decide whether to expand on concept.
Pier 400 expects the number of certified clean trucks that qualify for its lane to almost double by the end of 2024, as California pushes for 100% zero-emission drayage trucks by 2035 and regulations seek to ban diesel trucks from registering in the California Air Resources Board, according to APM.