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City of Camden Truck Route Ordinance

In June, partners met with Mayor Moran and his administration to introduce our goals for this project. Facilitated through the Camden Collaborative Initiative’s Air Quality working group, partners proposed to develop the City of Camden’s truck route ordinance that will divert large tractor trailers from residential pockets throughout Camden’s diverse neighborhoods.  The effort will work with businesses to better understand delivery needs in order to develop a strategic truck route that does not negatively impact businesses.  As part of this effort, partners are engaging the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as a leveraged resource to provide technical assistance in order to curb idling citywide in order to improve the air quality.

Partners that attended our meeting with the Mayor included Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ and US Environmental Protection Agency. The outcome of this meeting resulted in support from the Mayor, who will assign a representative from his administration to help provide input from the city. Our next step is to meet with the USEPA to develop a truck idling assessment as an extension to the truck route ordinance.  New Jersey has laws which prohibit the idling of a vehicle for more than 3 minutes, with certain exceptions. Idling occurs when a motor vehicle with a diesel or gasoline engine is running but the vehicle is not in motion. Excessive idling causes an unnecessary release of air contaminants into the air including fine particulates and air toxics which is a public health concern.

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Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

The mission of CFP is to serve as the catalyst for the preservation and growth of a vibrant Camden, New Jersey. Since 1984, CFP has been working to achieve this goal, by developing visionary long-range plans for the redevelopment of Camden and working with private sector, government, and community partners to implement these plans from vision to reality.