PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland is going to be one of the first cities in the U.S. to have blocks set aside as zero-emission delivery zones, thanks to a $2 million grant the city got.
According to the sources, The Portland Bureau of Transportation said on Tuesday 25 April 2023, that the money will be used to help make a 16-block area in downtown Portland where all deliveries must be made by cars with no emissions.
These vehicles can be vans and trucks that run on electricity, cargo bikes, or cars that run on hydrogen.
The goal is to cut down on the number of big cars in downtown.
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PBOT says that the zero-emission delivery zone pilot scheme will take place near City Hall Plaza.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law made the grant money accessible.PBOT is one of 59 organizations that were given money.
Federal officials will join Portland Transportation Commissioner Mingus Mapps for a test of a loading zone at the Portland Building for only zero-emission vehicles. They’ll be able to see electric cars and cargo bikes for themselves.
After the walk, they will talk to the press about plans to make downtown Portland safer, less crowded, and less polluted.
If the trial program works well over the next few years, PBOT might be able to bid for an extra $15 million to make it bigger and last longer.
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