TERP Accepting Seaport and Rail Yard Areas Emissions Reduction Program Applications

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ("TCEQ") is currently accepting applications for the Seaport and Rail Yard Areas Emissions Reduction ("SPRY") Program. An estimated $20 Million in grant funding is available to replace or repower drayage trucks and cargo or container handling equipment at eligible seaports and Class I rail yards in Texas. The vehicles and equipment should still be in routine use and in good operating condition.

SPRY grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must have:

  • owned or leased the vehicle or equipment for the previous two years;
  • operated the vehicle or equipment at one or more of the designated seaports or Class I rail yards for a minimum of 200 days per year; and
  • on road vehicles must have been continuously registered for the previous two years.

Eligible applicants may receive up to the maximum amount listed on the SPRY website or 80% of the eligible costs, whichever is less. Vehicles and equipment that are eligible to be replaced or repowered under SPRY include:

  • heavy-duty vehicles with gross vehicle weight ratings ("GVWR") over 26,000 pounds;
  • yard trucks or terminal tractors; or
  • other cargo handling equipment

Detailed eligibility requirements and instructions for how to apply for a SPRY grant can be found at: www.tceq.texas.gov/ airquality/terp/spry.

Applications will be accepted until November 22, 2022, or until enough applications have been received to award all available funding, whichever comes first. In 2020, sufficient applications to award all available funding were submitted before the close date, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

For more information about SPRY and application instructions: www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/terp/.