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<p>A Micro Bird propane autogas school bus drops off students in Florida. School bus operations have been reporting significant fuel and maintenance savings with propane.</p>

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State Funding, Fuel Savings Drive Propane Bus Adoption in Florida

With reduced operating costs and a rebate program for propane autogas vehicles, Florida school districts are tapping the alternative fuel as an economical and environmental solution. Broward County recently added 98 propane school buses to its fleet.

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Blue Bird rallies in Fort Valley, ramps up business
Four years after consolidating large bus assembly at its central Georgia headquarters, Blue Bird has boosted efficiency and production capacity, and business is on the upswing. The company’s total sales have increased about 40% from 2012 to 2014, and its propane school bus sales have multiplied.
<p>CDTi&rsquo;s Purifilter&trade; EGR diesel particulate filter, an update to the technology on its Purifilter&trade; model, can now operate at even lower temperatures.</p> Emission-control technology offers low-maintenance solutions
Diesel particulate filters, mufflers and engine pre-heaters help school bus operators keep the air in and around their vehicles clean with minimal maintenance required. Technology upgrades now allow for optimal operation and pre-programmable engine pre-heating in even lower temperatures.
<p>The School District of Indian River County in Vero Beach, Fla., has been operating Propane-Powered Vision school buses from Blue Bird Corp. since 2009, and the district has 26 units in its 111-bus fleet.</p> Alt-fuel school bus options are growing
Manufacturers are meeting the demand for clean-burning, money-saving yellow buses by offering more powered by propane autogas and compressed natural gas, as well as all-electric units. Here’s a look at some of the school buses in development, on the market and in service at operations.
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<p>For his efforts to effect positive changes in school transportation throughout his career, <em>School Bus Fleet</em> <a href="http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/channel/management-training/news/2014/11/10/jim-beekman-named-sbf-s-administrator-of-the-year.aspx" target="_blank">named Jim Beekman its 2014 Administrator of the Year</a>.</p> PHOTOS: School Bus Fleet’s 2014 Administrator of the Year

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