The Port of New Orleans has been awarded a $727,000 federal grant to help local short-haul truck drivers replace older-model trucks.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant will be used for the port’s voluntary Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program, or Clean TRIP. The cost-share program aims to help local short-haul truck owners that transport port cargo by offering an incentive to replace older-model trucks — between 1993 and 2006 — with newer trucks built since 2011.

“This program will enable truck owners to voluntarily invest in cleaner air by replacing older trucks,” port President and CEO Gary LaGrange said. “It will also enable us to initiate a community dialogue around air quality and opportunities for improvement.”

The port plans to develop and manage the $1.54 million program, with $700,000 coming from a mandatory cost-share with eligible truck owners and $110,636 coming from the port to handle administrative costs.