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Texas district acquires 12 propane buses


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AUSTIN, Texas — Friendswood Independent School District has received grants from the Texas Railroad Commission and Houston-Galveston Area Council for 12 propane-powered school buses.

The propane units will replace 12 diesel buses, and the grants include an on-site propane refueling station.

Railroad Commission Chairman Elizabeth Ames Jones said that the refueling station will enable the district to save 50 cents per gallon on propane through the federal alternative motor fuel tax credit.

"These grants will reduce smog-forming emissions of nitrogen oxides from Friendswood's buses by 16 tons," Railroad Commissioner David Porter added.  "Black exhaust is history with these new ultra-low emission propane buses.  They reduce exhaust soot — 'particulate emissions' — by 99 percent."

Funds for the Railroad Commission's vehicle and fueling station grants come from the U.S. Department of Energy under a Clean Cities stimulus grant and from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality through the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan. 

Friendswood Independent School District's new propane school buses join nearly 1,700 other propane school buses on the road in Texas today, officials said.


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Our IC Maxforce diesel engines only average 6 to 7 MPG. The particulate filters or you can say the exhaust treatment system along with the EGR coolers are giving us lots of problems.

Ken    |    Jul 05, 2011 05:08 AM

I drive school bus in Buffalo NY, wish we had this here! no more black soot!

velia    |    Jul 01, 2011 02:30 PM

If you have to buy twice as much because fuel milage is only 5 or 6mpg, what is the real cost savings? In any of the 2010 or 2007 emission engines you have no black smoke.

Dave    |    Jul 01, 2011 08:05 AM

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