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Texas, Michigan districts to receive propane buses
July 30, 2010
Denton Independent School District will add seven Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses to its fleet of 44 propane units next month. Nine Propane-Powered Visions will be delivered to Zeeland Public Schools this month.
EPA awards $1.24M for emissions reductions, job creation
July 29, 2010
The grant to Cobb County (Ga.) School District will be used to retrofit 108 school buses with diesel particulate filters and 480 buses with advanced engine idle control systems.
Zonar to aid development of electric school buses
July 26, 2010
Zonar will subsidize additional data sampling costs for customers who opt to share data with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to help in the development of hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric and battery electric school buses.
Texas PTA praised for providing 'clean bus' grants
July 23, 2010
Michael Williams of the Texas Railroad Commission commends the association’s bestowal of a $95,654 Clean School Bus grant to Leander ISD and a $110,889 grant to Silsbee ISD for buying propane-powered school buses. Williams cites the environmental and economic benefits of utilizing the alternative fuel.
Collins propane bus in full production
July 23, 2010
The NexBus Propane Type A has gone through certification and will be available under the Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil brands.
A-Z Bus Sales to deliver CNG buses to California district
July 21, 2010
Fresno Unified School District will receive 30 All American Blue Bird school buses powered by the alternative fuel. Upon delivery, the district will have a total of 42 CNG Blue Bird units.
Steve Girardin discusses new propane Type A
July 15, 2010
The Micro Bird president says that liquid propane power has “excellent cold start capability and quiet power when needed for the steepest hills.” The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin is scheduled to be offered for sale starting this month, with production beginning toward the end of this year.
Conference will commemorate clean diesel initiatives
July 14, 2010
The EPA, NASDPTS and other groups are organizing Clean Diesel 10, to be held in Washington, D.C., in October. The event will include a presentation on the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Program, an exhibit area for green technology, sessions on emerging technology and a forum to generate future initiatives.
Los Angeles district buys Thomas Built CNG units
June 24, 2010
The 130 Saf-T-Liner HDX buses will join Los Angeles Unified School District’s fleet of more than 300 alternative-fueled school buses. The district’s transportation department, which currently operates the largest CNG fleet in California, only accepts bids for buses that operate on alternative fuels.
Publications provide information on diesel retrofit equipment
June 18, 2010
Technical bulletins with facts about diesel oxidation catalysts and diesel particulate filters, as well as installation, operation and maintenance tips, are available on the National Clean Diesel Campaign section of the EPA Website.
New propane Type A unveiled
June 10, 2010
The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin will be offered for sale starting in July, with production beginning toward the end of this year, company officials say.
A-Z Bus Sales awarded LAUSD contract
June 10, 2010
Los Angeles district will replace its 20-plus-year-old diesel buses with CNG Blue Bird buses purchased through A-Z Bus Sales. The dealer delivered more than 235 propane buses to LAUSD and four of its contracted service providers in the past year.
Alternative Fuel Options: Spotlight on Propane and CNG
June 10, 2010

Thinking about operating buses powered by these fuels? Take into consideration the possible financial benefits, the space necessary for refueling infrastructure and what type of dispensing equipment suits the fleet, as well as employee safety and training.

Obama calls for increased fuel efficiency for buses, trucks
June 1, 2010
Under a new presidential memorandum, stricter fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty buses and trucks will go into effect for model year 2014.
Navistar, Enova announce deployment of 16 hybrid buses
June 1, 2010
Sixteen hybrid school buses will be put into service at several school districts. This deployment represents the initial large-scale utilization of U.S. Department of Energy grants for clean school buses.
Winner named in first Canada's Greenest School contest
May 20, 2010
An essay from Burnaby (British Columbia) North Secondary student Jennifer H. wins the most votes, earning the school a hybrid school bus from IC Bus and Jennifer a $3,000 scholarship.
Industry veteran honored for alternative-fuel efforts
May 17, 2010
Ralph Knight, transportation director for Napa (Calif.) Valley Unified School District, receives the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute’s Magic School Bus Award for implementing alternative-fuel use at his operation. The district was the first in the nation to receive Collins' Type A hybrid-electric school bus.
$25M awarded for bus replacements, retrofits
May 17, 2010
The South Coast Air Quality Management District in California provides $16.6 million to help school districts buy new CNG school buses. Private operators get $8.8 million to retrofit older diesel buses with particulate traps.
Thomas Built to deliver more than 1,500 SCR-equipped buses
May 12, 2010
The manufacturer has received orders in 44 states and five Canadian provinces for its Saf-T-Liner units outfitted with selective catalytic reduction technology. Operations in Maryland and Virginia are among the Thomas Built customers that have opted for this technology to meet the EPA's 2010 emissions standards.
Blue Bird rolls out SCR-equipped demo buses
May 10, 2010
More than 100 of the school bus manufacturer’s units are being transported to dealerships for demonstrations. The North American Blue Bird SCR Demo Bus campaign will provide pupil transportation officials with opportunities to see the benefits of Selective Catalytic Reduction technology through dealer open houses, ride-and-drive events and private bus viewings.

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