Other Goods Movement Equipment

The Goods Movement Program aims to reduce air pollution from equipment primarily used in moving freight and commercial goods along California’s major trade routes.

Year 5 Goods Movement Program – Cargo Handling Equipment and Transportation Refrigeration Units

The Air District is not currently accepting Cargo Handling Equipment and Transportation Refrigeration Unit (TRU) applications for the Year 5 Program.

Those interested in applying for a grant in these categories are encouraged to contact our staff for information or assistance to prepare their proposal. Owners of eligible diesel-fueled equipment are invited to participate in this program. Equipment must operate at rail yards, ports, or freight (goods) distribution facilities in the four major trade corridors of California.

For Year 5, the first project solicitation for these equipment categories closed on April 15, 2016, and the second solicitation period closed on June 30, 2017. The Air District received fifteen (15) proposals, which staff are evaluating for funding consideration.

Preliminary Ranklist: Cargo Handling Equipment and Transportation Refrigeration Units

The preliminary ranklists for the Year 5 Cargo Handling Equipment and Transportation Refrigeration Units (TRU) project solicitations are listed below.

Equipment shown on the preliminary ranklist has met basic eligibility criteria for the program. However, appearance on the ranklist does not guarantee that equipment will receive funding. 

Selection for funding is contingent upon a full evaluation to determine if a project meets all program requirements, including passing pre-inspection, successful completion of CARB’s Proposition 1B compliance check, and availability of program funds. Compliant and eligible projects that are ranked above the funding line (meaning, the point at which funds are exhausted) will be evaluated for contracting in the order of ranking. At their own risk, owners of equipment shown on this preliminary ranklist are allowed to place orders for replacement equipment; however, the Air District will not allocate funding to proposed projects until the equipment owner fully executes a grant agreement under the terms and conditions of the program.

Project Types

The following projects are eligible for funding under this program:

  • Equipment/vehicle replacement – replacing yard trucks, rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTG), forklifts, and other mobile lift equipment with electric or fuel-cell equipment.
  • Equipment conversion – converting diesel-fueled yard trucks or upgrading diesel-powered RTGs to electric power.
  • Transportation Refrigeration Unit (TRU) replacement – replacing diesel-powered TRUs with electric, cryogenic, or fuel cell TRUs, replacing an insulated cold-storage trailer at a grocery retailer and installing electric plug-in
  • Charging and fueling infrastructure – installing battery-charging or hydrogen-fueling infrastructure for cargo-handling equipment, and electric-charging or cryogenic-fueling infrastructure for TRUs. (Some project options require replacement of equipment.)


Cargo handling equipment and Transportation Refrigeration Units

The following eligibility criteria must be met by the existing diesel equipment for consideration:

  • It must be primarily operating in the movement of commercial freight, bulk, or goods for sale or for purchase at a port, intermodal rail yard, or freight distribution facility on the major California trade corridor routes (map).
  • Proposals for replacement equipment must document that the project will replace existing equipment on a one-for-one basis and not increase the equipment owner’s fleet size (except for ARB-approved RTG back-up equipment provisions as described in p. E-1 of the guidelines).
  • TRUs must operate on existing trucks or trailers used for goods movement the majority of the time for the past two years (documentation is required with the application).
  • Equipment and fleet must currently comply with the applicable ARB regulation: CA Regulation for Mobile Cargo Handling Equipment, CA In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation, or CA Airborne Toxic Control Measure for TRU Equipment.

Electric charging, hydrogen, or cryogenic fueling infrastructure

  • Equipment owner must agree to replace one or more diesel-fueled units (as described in the fact sheets below) with new equipment powered by the fuel type matching the charging or fueling infrastructure installed for the project.  
  • Applicant must meet required legal, permitting, and engineering requirements for installation.

Year 5 Goods Movement Program – Ships at Berth (Shore Power) Projects

The Air District is not currently accepting ships-at-berth applications for the Year 5 Program.

For Year 5, the first ships-at-berth project solicitation closed on April 15, 2016, and the second solicitation period closed on June 30, 2017. The Air District received and accepted one proposal in this category and evaluated the proposal for funding.

Project Types

The following projects are eligible for funding under this program:

  • At existing cargo ship berths or terminals – installing ship emissions capture and control system (e.g., hood, bonnet).
  • At non-regulated berths – installing grid-based or non-grid-based shore-side power at existing cargo ship berths visited solely by vessels not subject to the control requirements of ARB’s Ships at Berth Regulation in effect in 2015.

Projects must be cost effective – as applicable, only projects meeting the minimum cost-effectiveness formulas will be considered for funding (see fact sheet for details).

Regulatory Compliance Requirements

Incentive funds cannot be used to fund equipment or infrastructure projects already subject to regulatory compliance deadlines including state, federal, or local laws and regulations, judicial orders or agreements, memoranda of understanding, contracts, or other binding obligations that require the implementation of any portion of the project.

How to Apply

  • Review the application assistance documents in the Additional Information section below.
  • Determine the eligibility of your existing equipment and fleet.
  • Select the project type.
  • Gather information about your equipment and engines (and any installed diesel particulate filters (DPF) installed) before starting your application.
  • As applicable - Work with vendors and authorities to prepare proposals and quotes (estimates) for infrastructure projects.
  • Contact our staff for information about how to apply. Depending on the project type, you may be able to apply online. All infrastructure projects require a written proposal in addition to basic application submission.

Additional Information


Grants Programs Information Request Line, Strategic Incentives


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Last Updated: 1/21/2016