GPS Your Future! A program designed to prepare and inspire high school students for college, career, and life. Partnered with ITEP (International Trade Education Programs) and California State University Dominguez Hills, our own Tony Williamson and Tonya Stanley are on it's the Board of Directors. The event was held over the weekend, where we had a booth setup for TTSI.
"The Port of Los Angeles is looking to open a container staging facility on a parcel of property right in the middle of Terminal Island, home of the nation’s busiest containerized cargo terminal...
...The project is being undertaken in concert with a consortium orchestrated by entrepreneur and investor Jonathan Rosenthal, the CEO of LA-based financial planning company Saybrook Capital and chair of board for drayage company Total Transportation Services."
- Excerpt from American Shipper. Read the full article
Today two articles came out discussing the near-zero emission trucks technology deployed at the Port Complex (Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach). These trucks are using ultra-clean renewable fuel and provide an immediate solution to achieving clean air where it's needed most. Part of the Clean Air Action Plan formed in 2006, TTSI has been on the leading edge of green truck technology from the beginning.
The renewable natural gas the trucks are using is “an ultra-clean and ultra-low-carbon natural gas alternative made from the methane that is captured when waste from food scraps, animal manure, sewage and other organic sources is broken down, captured and refined. RNG has the lowest carbon intensity rating of key transportation fuels when comparing the well-to-wheels greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions of various fuels in heavy-duty trucking applications,” per ACT News.
"TTSI has now been testing the new CWI natural gas engines since last year and have found that they work terrifically. We have run the trucks hard — in and out of the ports for long hours in all kinds of conditions — and have had no issues. TTSI is committed to going above and beyond what we can towards a more sustainable future and transitioning to renewable natural gas has made it easy." Says TTSI president Vic La Rosa.
Joe Buscaino, City Councilmember, 15th District, wrote a letter on July 11, 2017 to Target Corporation CEO, Mr. Brian Cornell, and long time client of TTSI to update him that TTSI is embracing an ethical code of conduct. TTSI is a leader in the drayage industry and strive to be 100% California Compliant.
"As the Los Angeles City Councilmember representing the Harbor area and the port of Los Angeles, as well as the Chair of Council's Trade, Travel, & Tourism District, I have been working to address serious allegations of the abusive employment practices in America's port drayage industry described as "indentured servitude" in the recent USA Today investigative story entitled "Rigged." Target, along with other prominent retailers, were named in the article in conjunction with a leading drayage carrier, TTSI of California, that I understand has used for many years.
I write to update you that TTSI has embraced an ethical code of conduct, unlike many other port drayage companies who continue to lack compliance with labor and health and safety laws. TTSI has recently established two employee based companies - ECO Flow Transportation and Heavy Load Transportation (HLT) - making it one of a few companies to serve as models of compliance for the trucking industry....
Given Target's high ethical standards, I encourage retailers like Target to support compliant law-abiding companies as you chose your partners much as Target and other major retailers embrace the Los Angeles Port Clean Truck Program by agreeing to pay higher rates in order to finance a clean fleet of trucks. In fact, adopting a code of conduct for your drayage companies would prevent the documented burden borne by drivers from reoccurring when the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach move to a zero-emission standard for its fleet of drayage trucks servicing the port recently announced by Mayors Garcetti and Garcia."
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – May 8, 2018 – Six trucking firms operating in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are deploying trucks powered by Cummins Westport (CWI) near-zero ISX12N engines, and fueled with Clean Energy Fuel Corp.’s (Nasdaq: CLNE) Redeem™ brand renewable natural gas (RNG) in an effort to reduce emissions and improve air quality in the ports and surrounding communities.
The project’s goal is to introduce this ultra clean technology, which is 90 percent to 99 percent cleaner than existing port trucks, to the port drayage industry. This project aims to inspire greater interest in near-zero RNG trucks, particularly with the incentive funding that California is providing to help truckers transition to this clean technology. Near-zero trucks are also one of the strategies for reducing emissions from trucks under the ports’ recent update to their Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).
“The realization by trucking companies that they need to do something to meet the upcoming and anticipated stricter emissions requirements in California is beginning to settle in,” said Greg Roche, Clean Energy’s vice president of sustainable trucking. “Fortunately, there are many ways to take advantage of grants and other resources to make the transition to the new engine technology and clean RNG virtually painless. We applaud these first-movers in being leaders in doing their part to make the air we all breathe cleaner.”
The California Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District provided funding for 20 near-zero Class 8 trucks. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach provided funding for two additional near-zero trucks. The first four near-zero trucks have been successfully operating since mid-2017 and an additional four have been operating since February 2018.
“The California Energy Commission is pleased to have supported the deployment of near-zero emissions trucks powered by Cummins Westport’s advanced engines with our partners, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and Clean Energy,” said Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. “Demonstration projects, like those being carried out by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, help show there are viable cleaner, more sustainable freight technologies available today and highlight the role these technologies can play as the State transitions to zero and near zero emission technologies to help achieve federal air quality standards and the state’s greenhouse gas goals.”
Project participants include Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), 4Gen Logistics, Orange Avenue Express, CR&R, NFI Interactive Logistics and Pacific 9 Transportation.
The ultra clean CWI engines achieve the lowest emissions of any heavy-duty engine used in any truck in North America, yet deliver diesel caliber performance with reliability and durability.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified these engines in December 2017 at CARB’s optional low-NOx standard of 0.02 g-NOx/bhp-hr, 90 percent lower NOx emissions than the current EPA NOx standard. In fact, the new engines were tested as low as 0.01 g-NOx/bhp-hr, achieving virtually zero tailpipe emissions. Factory production of ISX12N engines began in February and they are soon expected to be powering many more trucks on California roads.
“TTSI has now been testing the new CWI natural gas engines since last year and have found that they work terrifically,” said Vic LaRosa, President of TTSI. “We have run the trucks hard – in and out of the ports for long hours in all kinds of conditions – and have had no issues. TTSI is committed to going above and beyond what we can towards a more sustainable future and transitioning to renewable natural gas has made it easy.”
All these trucks will be fueling at Clean Energy’s network of California stations with Redeem fuel, which reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 70 percent versus diesel. RNG is the cleanest fuel for trucking today, with some GHG sources even reducing GHG by over 100 percent.
Pacific 9 Transportation will soon deploy 20 other RNG-powered trucks in addition to their grant-funded ultra low-NOx trucks.
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach enacted the latest version of their CAAP in November 2017, which adopts far reaching strategies to further reduce air emissions and support California’s vision for more sustainable freight movement. Part of the CAAP could dramatically change the makeup of the 16,000 heavy-duty trucks that move in and out of the ports. The CAAP envisions transitioning the current fleet of port trucks to clean trucks through a new set of provisions that will begin to be implemented this year.
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is the leading provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for transportation in North America. We build and operate compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas stations (LNG) and deliver more CNG, LNG and RNG vehicle fuel than any other company in the U.S. Clean Energy sells Redeem RNG fuel and believes it is the cleanest transportation fuel commercially available, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70%. For more information, visit www.CleanEnergyFuels.com.
Vic La Rosa (President, TTSI) is awarded for outstanding leadership, vision, and innovation to advance natural gas as a transportation fuel.
He has been a leader in operating clean truck technologies at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for over eight years and most recently, has been participating in a test program for the soon to be commercially available Cummins Westport ISX-12 G, Near-Zero Ultra Low NOx natural gas engine. In addition, TTSI has been powering these engines with renewable natural gas (RNG)—the lowest emission transportation fuel available
Read the full article at www.greenfleetmagazine.com
The Daily Breeze highlights TTSI in this article about the evolution for big rig drivers in California.
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"Victor La Rosa, who has been in the business for decades, has gone back in time. He’s switched his Rancho Dominguez-based business, Total Transportation Services Inc., from a contracting model to an employee-based format.
"After watching the legal challenges to trucking companies mount, La Rosa decided his company couldn’t afford to risk the liability. “We are now seeing a much higher retention rate and we are seeing that it’s much safer,” he said.
"La Rosa offers paid training, company-owned trucks at no charge to drivers and worker benefits.
Ruth Erazo and her husband, Steve, recently began working for La Rosa, pulling short hauls with the hope they can work their way up to higher-paying positions.
"A former office manager with a Bachelor of Science degree, Ruth sees steady work and good pay, despite an industry in full flux and the specter of automation on the horizon.
" 'People are looking for drivers,” she said. “If you can get in there, you are automatically making a decent amount of money.' "
Real-world application of the new CWI ISX12N engine as it makes cargo deliveries in and around Southern California. Watch as it speeds up the steep grades of the Grapevine, and as it moves cargo from the ports, along the 710, out to the Inland Empire, and learn about the driver’s experience with the newest, cleanest, most powerful natural gas engine technology. TTSI currently has a fleet of over 225 of these trucks. TTSI sister company, Heavy Load Transfer, is showcased in this video.
The environment is important to us, and this is one of the many ways that TTSI is staying California Compliant.
TTSI would like to recognize AQMD for its generous help in funding the engine technology development.
Cummins Westport and Shipping Leader TTSI Join Together to Operate Game-Changing Heavy-Duty Truck Technology
LOS ANGELES—Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), one of largest drayage trucking companies in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has begun using one of the first Cummins Westport (CWI) ISX12 G low-NOx natural gas engines for its trucking operations. Available for order later this year, the 12-liter engine’s emissions will be certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to produce 90 percent less NOx than the current EPA standard for heavy-duty engines, and are equivalent to that of a truck powered by electricity from the electrical grid.
“The trucking industry is facing hard choices on how we are going to reduce our emissions impact, especially here in Southern California,” said Victor La Rosa, CEO and President of TTSI. “We believe the quickest and most affordable way to cut our NOx emissions to essentially zero is with the new CWI engine and renewable natural gas (RNG). We’ve successfully operated natural gas trucks in the San Pedro ports since the last Clean Trucks program in 2008, and it’s great that we now have a dramatically improved engine and an even cleaner fuel with renewable natural gas.”
In 2016 Cummins Westport began full production of the 8.9-liter ISL G low-NOx engine, and has shipped engines to bus and refuse truck OEMs. The ISX12 G low-NOx engine is based on the 12-liter ISX12 G first introduced in 2012, and will start production early next year. CWI anticipates a large demand for this heavy-duty alternative-fuel truck engine.
“We understand the importance of reducing NOx emissions, especially here in California and in the middle of one of the busiest transportation corridors in the nation,” said Rob Neitzke, President of Cummins Westport. “This 12-liter engine, designed for heavy-duty trucks, can also reduce GHG methane emissions by 70 percent or more when run on renewable natural gas.”
South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Energy Commission supported Cummins Westport by providing development funding, recognizing the importance of this technology in helping California reduce emissions from heavy-duty trucks. About one-third of California residents live in communities with pollution that exceeds federal standards, according to estimates by CARB.
“We’ve made huge strides in improving air quality around the ports and across our region, but more needs to be done,” said Wayne Nastri, executive officer at South Coast Air Quality Management District. “Industry leaders have developed cleaner solutions for the trucking industry that are available today. We applaud companies like Cummins Westport and TTSI for their leadership in adopting these technologies and making an immediate positive impact on the environment.”