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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.
More and more alternatives
September 16, 2010

There’s clearly still a lot of room for growth in alternative fuel use. Fortunately, the vehicle options for pupil transportation operations continue to grow.

Transportation secretary calls for kids to go green, yellow
September 9, 2010
U.S. DOT chief Ray LaHood issues a message urging parents and students to be safety conscious and consider greener alternatives for getting to and from school, such as riding the school bus, walking or biking.
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.
Stimulus funds to help switch buses to CNG
August 16, 2010
With a grant provided through the EPA, a new program from NAPT will help school districts take older diesel buses and extend their life by converting them to run on compressed natural gas.
EPA bestows funds for bus replacements, retrofits
August 16, 2010
More than $5.1 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act money goes to six organizations to reduce diesel emissions output by vehicles in EPA Region 7. Four of the organizations will use the money for school bus-related projects that include vehicle upgrades and the installation of pollution-control equipment.
Parents urged to stop idling at schools
August 12, 2010
After implementing a no-idling policy for its school buses a few years ago, a Kentucky district posts signs at elementary schools asking parents to turn off their cars while they wait to pick up their kids.
Operations participate in school bus retrofit program
August 12, 2010
Nine Massachusetts school districts and bus companies have collectively outfitted 72 school buses with pollution-control devices by participating in the state's clean diesel program. The equipment was installed for free through funds designated for the program by the state Department of Transportation.
Pupil presses for school bus idling reduction
August 9, 2010
After noticing buses running for long periods of time in front of his middle school, Daniel Speers set out to show the effects of the exhaust. His campaign convinced the board of education to post anti-idling signs at all schools in the district.
State and local officials call for DERA reauthorization
August 5, 2010
Senators are drafting legislation to renew the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, which provides funding to retrofit or replace school buses and other vehicles. National organizations of state legislatures, county officials and mayors request another five years.
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.

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