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Over 2,000 propane school buses now running in Texas
October 10, 2013
The Propane Council of Texas reports that about 75 Texas school districts are operating buses powered by propane autogas. A 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit for propane has helped districts generate big savings in fuel costs.
Districts, bus companies among Sustainability All-Star Award recipients
October 2, 2013
Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools, All-Star Transportation, Student Transportation of America, Blue Bird Corp., Brighton (Colo.) School District 27J and ROUSH CleanTech are among the 40 winners of the award, which recognizes propane autogas fleets for their leadership in running vehicles on the fuel. The winners are recognized during the Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix.
Crosspoint Kinetics launches new hybrid system
September 24, 2013
Company officials say the S3000 hybrid system is available for small to mid-size school buses. The system interfaces to a vehicle and generates 100% of its own electricity during deceleration or braking.
TV show spotlights Minnesota fleet's switch to propane
September 11, 2013
According to a recent segment on MotorWeek, Eastern Carver County Schools has started a "slow but steady process" of replacing more than 100 diesel school buses with propane-powered units. The show's host reports that although the new propane buses cost more, they yielded fuel cost savings of $60,000 last year.
On the quest for green dollars
September 5, 2013

For fleets struggling to find the funds to buy alt-fuel vehicles, there is money available. The key to getting it is to formulate a plan, build relationships and pay attention to the details.

Cook-Illinois buys 20 Blue Bird propane buses
August 28, 2013
The new Propane-Powered Vision school buses will transport students in Berkeley (Ill.) School District 87. Cook-Illinois reportedly utilized the school bus industry’s first adaptation of propane technology back in the early 1980s.
Wheel end assembly cited in school bus fire
August 22, 2013
A fire on a Blue Bird propane school bus on Monday likely originated in a wheel end assembly and did not compromise the propane fuel tanks, an independent fire investigator finds. There was no one on the bus at the time of the fire, and the engine was off.
New EPA chief touted for 'common sense' strategies
August 7, 2013
Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator, has made a long career of working on environmental issues. President Obama says that she “knows how to build bipartisan support for common sense environmental solutions that protect the health and safety of our kids while promoting economic growth.”
Missouri district to transition fleet to CNG
August 6, 2013
In a 10-year lease-purchase agreement, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will replace its diesel fleet with 149 Thomas Built school buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). The district’s program also includes a shift toward CNG-powered facility maintenance trucks and continued use of all-electric delivery trucks.
Sunrise Transportation adds 25 propane Blue Birds to fleet
July 3, 2013
The purchase of the Propane-Powered Vision school buses will enable the contractor to offer the students and community of Chicago environmentally friendly transportation while delivering operational savings, officials say.
School buses: slowly growing green
June 14, 2013

How much have these green buses penetrated the overall school bus market? We targeted that question in our latest school bus sales research.

Maine’s Kevin Mallory honored for ‘green’ bus efforts
June 13, 2013
The transportation director for Portland Public Schools has won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the EPA, which will be presented to him on June 26. The award is in recognition of his work to reduce pollution from the school system’s bus fleet and raise awareness about the benefits of “greener” transportation.
Arizona district adds 61 Blue Bird propane buses to fleet
June 4, 2013
Mesa Public Schools has purchased 55 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses and six wheelchair accessible buses to increase its propane bus total to 89. The district, which has a goal of operating the nation’s first all-propane yellow bus fleet, expects to save $4.43 million in operating costs over a five-year period.
District receives $500K grant for bus fleet upgrades
May 21, 2013
The $499,994 three-year Natural Gas Vehicle Development Program grant is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. It will be used by Rose Tree Media School District to convert 14 existing diesel buses to compressed natural gas (CNG) and also to begin the process of purchasing eight new CNG buses.
Green ambitions pay off for Kansas district
May 21, 2013

George Taylor of Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools was determined to find funding for alt-fuel buses. Now, with 47 CNG buses and four hybrids, the district is contributing to cleaner air and saving $350,000 in one school year.

Clean Energy, Mansfield partner for CNG fueling services
May 16, 2013
Sales teams from both companies will offer Clean Energy’s natural gas fueling station construction and operational services to current and potential customers. Officials say these services will be supported by Mansfield’s large-scale fuel supply capabilities and Gas-2-Gallons fuel management system.
How to maximize staff safety around alt-fuel buses
May 14, 2013

From fueling training to regular tank inspection to a properly equipped maintenance facility, there are many factors to consider when operating school buses on propane autogas and compressed natural gas to ensure employees’ well-being. Industry officials discuss these and other components, along with the built-in safety features of some of today’s buses.

$9 million available for new round of clean diesel grants
May 9, 2013
The U.S. EPA is now soliciting proposals for the 2013 National Clean Diesel Funding Program. The program, funded by the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, provides grants to retrofit or replace older diesel school buses and other vehicles.
Cleaire assets acquired by ESW
May 8, 2013
Cleaire, which offered a variety of diesel particulate filters to retrofit school buses and other vehicles, closed in January. Environmental Solutions Worldwide has now acquired Cleaire's product line and certain assets, and California air officials say that the company "is committed to providing technical and warranty support to Cleaire customers."
Propane buses save Indiana district 50% on fuel costs
May 7, 2013
Tippecanoe School Corp. purchased five Propane-Powered Blue Bird Vision school buses last year, and Director of Transportation Kevin Neafie says the district pays nearly half the price for propane compared to diesel, and that so far, the operation has saved $10,000 on these five buses alone.

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