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2012 A IR Q UALITY I NITIATIVES R EPORT R EGIONAL A IR Q UALITY P LANNING C OMMITTEE J ULY 25, 2013.

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1 2012 A IR Q UALITY I NITIATIVES R EPORT R EGIONAL A IR Q UALITY P LANNING C OMMITTEE J ULY 25, 2013

2 B OOK I NTRODUCTION Produced annually for: Local governments Transportation stakeholders General public Outlines: Public outreach efforts Program participation levels Emissions reductions Vehicle Miles Traveled reductions

3 E MISSION R EDUCTION S TRATEGIES AT H-GAC Clean Cities Program Clean Vehicles Program Clean Vessels Program Commute Solutions Ride Match (NuRide) Regional Vanpool Program Commuter and Transit Services Pilot Projects Telework Clean Air Champions Regional TERP Drayage Loan Program HGB 8-county nonattainment area

4 G REATER H OUSTON C LEAN C ITIES C OALITION The Greater Houston Clean Cities Coalition develops public/private partnerships to promote alternative fuels and vehicles, fuel blends, increased fuel economy, hybrid vehicles & idling reduction In 2012, the program reduced over 2 million gallons of gasoline equivalent and over 17,400 tons of greenhouse gas emissions

5 A LTERNATIVE F UEL V EHICLES AND A LTERNATIVE F UELING S ITES Friendswood ISD and Angleton ISD each began operating four CNG school buses purchased with Clean Vehicles grants 12 CNG and 6 LNG refueling stations serve local fleets and Houston residents Six of the stations began operations in 2012 TCEQ has recently awarded $1.3 million to local companies for construction of new natural gas refueling infrastructure. At the end of 2012, there were 150 electric vehicle charging stations constructed in the H-GAC region The City of Houston has 15 Prius vehicles converted to plug-in electric vehicles, 25 all-electric Nissan Leaf vehicles, and launched a car sharing program for electric and hybrid vehicles

6 C LEAN V EHICLES P ROGRAM Grant assistance to retrofit and replace older diesel engines in both public & private fleet Since its start, the program has: Provided $78+ million in financial aid Replaced over 2,700 engines & Developed several alternative fueling stations In 2012, the program reduced 225 tons of NOx

7 C OMMUTE S OLUTIONS Goals Reduction of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions Congestion mitigation Program focus Move more people in fewer vehicles / reduce single occupant vehicles Use transportation that does not contribute to congestion and pollution Reduce the number of people commuting during rush hours Eliminate the need to commute to work Program includes Telework/ Alternative Work Schedules Ride Match (Nuride) /Carpool/ Vanpool/ School Pool Pilot Transit Projects

8 R IDE M ATCH (N U R IDE ) One of the largest and most successful web-based rideshare programs in the nation – resulting in over 24 tons NOx reduced in 2012

9 C OMMUTER AND T RANSIT S ERVICES P ILOT P ROJECTS More than 13 pilot projects have been implemented using a combination of federal funds and local matching funds Over $520,000 of federal CMAQ funds was invested in resulting in over 8,000,000 VMT reduced

10 T ELEWORK Helps regional employers and employees by educating about the benefits of teleworking and offering financial incentives to develop and implement telework programs 1,471 teleworkers participated in the program in 2012 Anticipate an additional 1,000 participants by the end of 2013

11 C LEAN A IR C HAMPION P ROGRAM Recognizes Clean Air Champions for taking proactive steps to improve the regions air quality in the HGB nonattainment region in two categories: Clean Air Champion for Commuters: Commuter benefits include: Transit passes Vanpool incentives NuRide/ carpool rewards Teleworking/ alternative work schedules Amenities for walkers and bikers; and many more Clean Air Champion for Fleets: Clean fleet policies include: Committing to accelerated fleet turnover Promoting the use of alternative fuels Adopting a no-idling policy; and more Recognition at annual Clean Air Action Leadership Awards Luncheon

12 R EGIONAL T EXAS E MISSION R EDUCTION P LAN The most successful TERP programs in the state Provided $3,566,859 in grant funds and over 407 tons NOx reductions over a seven-year period Produced an investment of $8,759 per ton of NOx reduced Helped leverage funds in the Drayage Loan Program and replace 46 drayage trucks

13 D RAYAGE L OAN P ROGRAM A low-interest bridge loan program that enables eligible truck owners to finance the purchase of newer, cleaner trucks. Loans between $5,000 and $150,000 Over the life of the program, the following emission reductions are anticipated tons of NOx 14.4 tons of PM tons of VOCs tons of CO 1, tons CO 2

14 C ONTACT I NFORMATION Shelley Whitworth Transportation Program Manager Houston-Galveston Area Council

15 Overview of H-GAC Air Quality Programs


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