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AB 617 & Mobile Source Incentives

Cars, trucks, buses, trains, off-road equipment and other mobile sources produce the majority of the air pollution and toxic contaminants in Sacramento County. However, Sac Metro Air District does not have direct authority to regulate mobile sources of air pollution. The state and federal government set various rules intended to reduce emissions from vehicles.

Sac Metro Air District is heavily involved in efforts to reduce local vehicle emissions through various incentive programs, particularly the successful and long-standing Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program. Past incentives have included the modernization of transit buses, local school bus fleets, heavy-duty trucks, locomotives, construction equipment and farm tractors. Future investments in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure such as electric vehicle charging stations and piloting innovative zero-emission programs like Our Community CarShare will compliment past efforts to further reduce emissions.

The District has identified projects and strategies to further reduce emissions using funds available through existing revenue streams as well as California cap and trade dollars. Reducing pollution in communities most heavily impacted, as determined under CARB’s AB 617 program will remain a priority.

The state Legislature also adopted AB 134 to fund community air quality projects, specifically clean vehicle and ports investments. As a result, CARB allocated $250 million to California’s air districts in 2017-18 to support early actions in deploying cleaner technologies in impacted communities. Sac Metro Air District has been allocated $3 million for the 2017-18 budget cycle to implement projects pursuant to the Carl Moyer Program.

The District is developing potential projects using this funding to provide critical near-term emission and exposure reductions. The District is also advocating at the CARB and legislative levels for additional funding in future budget cycles to ensure cleaner technologies for Sacramento County communities especially burdened by air pollution.

Projects and strategies funded through this effort will continue to be refined through community workshops and stakeholder outreach.

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