By law, trucks weighing more than 4.5 tons are barred from driving through a portion of Interstate 580 in Oakland and San Leandro near the East Bay Hills. This 10-mile ban means most commercial trucks use Interstate 880, which runs through Black and Latinx neighborhoods and is a historically working class region. Research from the Environmental Defense Fund found that concentrations of black carbon along I-880 were approximately 80% higher than average concentrations along I-580. Why are trucks banned from this stretch of I-580, and should residents along I-880 exclusively bear the burden of truck pollution? We’ll discuss the pushback to I-580’s truck ban.
Oakland’s I-580 Bans Trucks. I-880 Doesn’t. Residents Feel the Difference.
Traffic backs up on Interstate 880 September 3, 2010 in Oakland, California. ((Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images))
Laura Klivans, reporter, KQED
Angela Scott, East Oakland community organizer, Communities for a Better Environment
Nate Miley, district 4 Supervisor, Alameda County