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Senate committee passes DERA
December 2, 2010
The five-year reauthorization of the program, which provides funds to reduce emissions from school buses and other diesel vehicles, is approved by the Environment and Public Works Committee. The passage is called a key step in continuing "a vital clean air program that has benefited communities in every single state in the nation."
More details on forthcoming propane bus, engine
November 17, 2010
CleanFUEL USA and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. partner to build and certify a multi-purpose 8-liter General Motors propane engine. The first versions will be used for a Thomas Built Buses Type C school bus and a Freightliner straight truck chassis.
Cummins supports greenhouse gas, fuel efficiency standards
November 16, 2010
Company executive Dr. Stephen J. Charlton testifies at a public hearing about the EPA and NHTSA's proposed Heavy-Duty National Program, which would reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency for heavy-duty engines and vehicles. Charlton says that Cummins looks forward to working with the agencies to deliver a final rule on the program.
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.
Propane injection system ‘greens’ buses, saves money
November 10, 2010
The Powershot 2000 injects propane in increasing amounts into a bus engine’s air intake system as the boost pressure level of the engine increases. Operations in Arizona and Wisconsin test the system on older school buses and report getting better fuel mileage and seeing substantial reductions in exhaust emissions.
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.
Feds unveil efficiency standards for trucks, buses
October 26, 2010
The EPA and NHTSA propose the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. School buses are included in the vocational vehicles category.
Clean diesel grant program to kick off soon
October 21, 2010
The EPA says it plans to post a request for proposals in early November for 2011 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding. About $60 million is expected to be available for the upcoming round, according to the Diesel Technology Forum.
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.
Diesel event promotes accomplishments, looks to future
October 19, 2010
The Clean Diesel 10 Conference kicks off in Washington, D.C. The event highlights the significant progress made in the past 10 years to improve air quality through new clean diesel technology.
Cummins delivers nearly 37,000 SCR-equipped engines
October 18, 2010
The company's EPA 2010-certified engines are delivering up to 6 percent better fuel economy compared to their 2007 counterparts, customers report. Cummins’ aftertreatment system will be showcased at the Clean Diesel 10 event in Washington, D.C., this week.
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.
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.
Propane Type A unit debuts at BusCon
September 29, 2010
The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin G5 school bus incorporates a liquid propane system by Roush Performance Products, runs on a Ford 6.8L engine and was built on a Ford E-450 chassis.
District adds six hybrid buses to fleet
September 28, 2010
Columbus (Ohio) City Schools received funding of more than $1.1 million to replace old school buses. The new hybrid diesel-electrics were added to the district’s fleet last month.
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.
Kentucky districts take delivery of Thomas Built hybrids
September 20, 2010
Twenty Saf-T-Liner C2e hybrid school buses are being sent to 13 districts, with the last delivery scheduled for Oct. 15. The buses were purchased through a $12.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to the state, which will allow for the replacement of up to 200 of its oldest buses throughout the next school year.
District to save $7.3M over 15 years with solar project
September 16, 2010
Five elementary schools and the district's transportation center will be equipped with solar panels that will generate 70 percent of the district's annual energy needs.

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