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$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.
School bus idling fine tripled
April 30, 2010
Violations of California’s school bus idling rules now get a minimum fine of $300, up from $100. A GPS system is a key tool in ensuring that drivers comply, one school district reports.
Elementary students' newscast wins IC's green contest
April 27, 2010
South Shore Public Charter School in Norwell, Mass., submitted the winning entry in this year's America's Greenest School contest, winning a hybrid school bus from IC Bus.
Propane engine earns EPA certification
April 6, 2010
CleanFUEL USA’s liquid propane engine built on a General Motors 6.0L chassis is expected to be commercially available by this summer. Collins will display its Type A bus equipped with the engine at a propane convention in Atlanta this week.
Interest in Thomas Built hybrid bus grows
April 1, 2010
The school bus manufacturer reports that it has received more than three dozen orders for its new Saf-T-Liner C2e diesel-electric hybrid bus. A Texas school district is one operation that recently added 25 units to its fleet. Thomas Built says the C2e can reduce emissions and improve fuel economy by 30 percent or more.
Finalists named in America’s Greenest School contest
March 25, 2010
Schools in New York, California, Kentucky, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio made the list. The public has until April 2 to vote for the school that they believe is most deserving of the title.
Blue Bird presents at Propane Engine Fuel Summit
March 17, 2010
Company officials spoke to attendees about the Propane-Powered Vision Type C school and activity bus, noting that the 77-passenger unit meets and exceeds all federal and Canadian motor vehicle safety standards and yields lower fuel, maintenance and operating costs.
IC Bus in search of Canada’s Greenest School
March 16, 2010
Students are encouraged to convey their visions for how they would make their schools more environmentally friendly. The school of the winning entrant will receive a hybrid school bus from the manufacturer and a “green” audit.
Collins to present at Propane Engine Fuel Summit
March 2, 2010
Kent Tyler, president of the bus manufacturer, will speak to summit attendees this Thursday about the development and production of Collins’ NexBus Propane unit, and the benefits of propane propulsion in Type A buses.
Espar heaters earn EPA validation
February 11, 2010
EPA requested that manufacturers of fuel-operated heaters apply for validation of their products specifically for school bus applications. The new validation covers Espar heaters that were previously validated for Class 8 trucks.
Swedish firm making fuel from forestry residues
February 5, 2010
Chemrec uses black liquor, a byproduct of the pulp and paper industry, to produce BioDME, which it touts as a renewable and cleaner alternative to diesel. The company looks to open plants in the U.S.
Propane bus endures winter testing
January 29, 2010
School districts in Minnesota try out Blue Bird’s Propane-Powered Vision to see how it performs in frigid weather.
IC Bus in search of America’s Greenest School
January 19, 2010
For the manufacturer’s second annual contest, students are encouraged to convey their visions for how they would make their schools more environmentally friendly. The school of the winning entrant will receive a hybrid school bus from IC, a “green” audit and $20,000 for green initiatives.
Cummins receives EPA certification for 2010 engines
January 8, 2010
Several of the company’s heavy- and medium-duty engines, including the ISB6.7 and ISC8.3, which are used for school bus applications, meet the agency’s near-zero emissions level requirement. Cummins has utilized selective catalytic reduction technology to meet the EPA’s 2010 standards.
Texas agency gets $3.1M for alternative-fuel efforts
December 29, 2009
The Railroad Commission of Texas will use the funds to add 258 propane-powered school buses and 24 support vehicles to 19 public fleets. The grant will also fund upgrades to 19 refueling sites for the fleets to accommodate advances in propane vehicle technology.
Thomas Built gets first order for SCR-equipped HDX buses
December 18, 2009
Fifty-nine of the manufacturer’s Saf-T-Liner HDX school buses featuring selective catalytic reduction technology will be delivered to a Maryland school district in June and July 2010.
Blue Bird launches online propane calculator
December 11, 2009
The calculator is tooled specifically for the bus market and evaluates the average annual cost of the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school bus.
First 2010 emissions-compliant IC buses delivered
December 8, 2009
A Mississippi district receives 28 IC Bus CE Series school buses equipped with EPA-certified MaxxForce DT Advanced EGR engines from Navistar.

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