In purchasing new school buses, school districts have goals to achieve. First and foremost is getting the students to and from school in a timely and safe manner. They also want to choose vehicles with the highest efficiency and the lowest environmental emissions. School districts are now exploring alternative fuels to diesel and have now started purchasing propane fueled school buses.
Boston Public Schools have just purchased 86 propone autogas buses, 11% of their total fleet. The school district was the city’s largest user of diesel fuel and wanted to comply with a number of emissions-reducing initiatives put in place over the past 15 years.
Student Transportation of America, Inc. will use 92 Blue Bird propane fueled buses in its contract with Mesa County Valley School District 51 in Grand Junction, CO. The school district is counting on the buses saving them thousands of dollars per year, per bus!
Some districts are starting slow and working up to replacing their fleet. Valdosta, GA just purchased their first propane fueled school bus and has plans to purchase 10 more upon approval.
School districts are doing their homework on how much money they can save after their initial investment by purchasing propane fueled buses. I’m sure we will see more and more districts replacing their current fleet with these buses in the near future.