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District to convert school bus fleet to run on natural gas
July 27, 2011
Officials at Florida-based Leon County Schools say the district will transition 44 buses to compressed natural gas by August 2012, and they hope to transition the entire fleet to natural gas within five to 10 years. The move is part of a partnership with Nopetro, a company that is working to build a natural gas fueling station for the district and will share back royalties from private sales.
Cummins Westport achieves engine production milestone
July 11, 2011
The company’s plant in North Carolina builds the 10,000th ISL G natural gas engine, which can be used in school buses. Officials say this makes the ISL G the largest single automotive natural gas engine production in Cummins history. Key features of the unit include power ratings from 250 to 320 horsepower and up to 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque.
Blue Bird unveils next-generation propane school bus
July 7, 2011
Company officials say that the latest Propane-Powered Vision provides increased fuel economy, greater horsepower and torque, and a 67-gallon fuel tank.
District holds alternative-fuel seminar
June 8, 2011
More than 30 people attend the seminar organized by Tippecanoe School Corp. in Lafayette, Ind., to discuss the possibility of using alternative fuels as a way to offset increasing fuel costs and reduced education budgets. The district is in the process of converting two maintenance vehicles and a food service vehicle to run on propane.
GM unveils propane option for cutaways
February 14, 2011
For the 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 3500 and 4500 vans, GM will offer a “one-stop-shop” approach that delivers a vehicle with a complete LPG fuel system. The cutaways can be converted to various school bus, commercial, shuttle bus and RV requirements.
Propane Micro Bird hits the market
January 11, 2011
The Type A bus from Blue Bird is fully certified and rolling off the line. Meanwhile, a transportation director in New York gives high marks for his propane buses’ performance.
Texas district receives $2M to purchase propane buses
January 6, 2011
Houston Independent School District receives a total of $2,120,500 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Railroad Commission of Texas to help buy the buses. The money will fund 70 percent of the cost, with the district covering the rest.
Alternative fuel tax credits extended through 2011
January 5, 2011
One credit covers up to 30 percent of the cost of installing propane and CNG fueling stations. Another is a 50-cent per gallon credit for propane and CNG.
Kansas school district purchases 47 CNG buses
December 28, 2010
Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools acquires the Thomas Built Buses HDX units with $4 million provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and matching funds from the school district.
Los Angeles district opens new CNG fueling facility
November 11, 2010
The facility will support 317 school buses powered by the alternative fuel. It is the latest effort from the district to operate environmentally-friendly buses; it is also replacing older buses with hybrid units and buses powered by biodiesel and propane.
Clean diesel grant competition opens
November 9, 2010
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign is soliciting applications for about $32 million in funding for clean diesel activities with school buses and other vehicles.
Propane Type A buses delivered to Oregon district
November 4, 2010
Portland Public Schools is running five NexBus units from Collins Bus Corp. that are powered by the alternative fuel. The manufacturer says that the buses exhibit excellent cold-weather starting and have a range of 300 miles.
Survey: Propane, hybrid use grows among district bus fleets
October 28, 2010
Finding is among the results of SBF’s School District Survey, which also shows an increase in budget cutbacks for busing and more districts reporting driver shortage.
LAUSD honored for operating propane-powered buses
October 20, 2010
The district earns a “Propane Hero” award during this week’s Green Fleet Conference. The district purchased 90 buses from Blue Bird Corp. last year that run on the alternative fuel.
Valvoline engine oil provides lubrication protection
October 12, 2010
Benefits of Premium Blue GEO 15W-40 include reduced ash content, valve recession protection and advanced oxidation control. It is recommended for use in compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas or propane-powered engines.
Thomas Built propane bus in the works
October 5, 2010
The manufacturer confirms that it is developing a propane-fueled school bus. It is targeted to be launched in 2012.
What's New in the Top 100?
October 5, 2010

Recent developments related to six of this year's largest school district fleets in the nation.

Case study: District sees benefits from running propane buses
September 30, 2010
A study by the Propane Education and Research Council reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District considered the environmental and safety advantages when deciding to operate its buses on the alternative fuel.
Making CNG history
September 22, 2010
A long time ago in a small school district in Colorado, Stan Scheer spearheaded a groundbreaking move. Scheer, now superintendent of a California district, recounts here how his school bus operation delved into compressed natural gas.
LAUSD honored for running buses on natural gas
August 16, 2010
The Los Angeles district receives a National NGV Achievement Award from Natural Gas Vehicles for America and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation for its efforts to advance the development of natural gas-powered vehicles in the U.S. LAUSD reportedly has the country's largest fleet of school buses that run on the alternative fuel.

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