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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.
DERA report to Congress highlights school bus retrofits
April 30, 2013
The U.S. EPA’s new report to Congress includes insight into the significant role of school buses in the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program. Among the notable projects was the state of Mississippi replacing 52 school buses and equipping 2,000 more with emissions-reducing technologies.
Horlock points to growth in propane business for Blue Bird
March 19, 2013

With Blue Bird recently netting its biggest-ever order of propane school buses — more than 400 — President and CEO Phil Horlock is ebullient about the fuel’s potential. Here, he discusses alternative fuels, the state of school bus sales and other pertinent topics.

TV spot focuses on CNG school buses
February 25, 2013
Long-running public television program MotorWeek does a segment on Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, which has close to half of its 114 buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The district plans to go all-CNG when more fueling stations are available.
Diesel retrofit supplier Cleaire shuts down
February 20, 2013
The company, which offered a variety of diesel particulate filters to retrofit school buses and other vehicles, closed last month. Cleaire’s LongMile filter has reportedly been linked to brush fires and was voluntarily recalled last year. A California Air Resources Board official says that “it is paramount that the safety concerns with the Cleaire LongMile system are immediately addressed.”
Missouri lead producer to provide $300,000 for bus retrofits
February 12, 2013
As part of an agreement with the EPA, the Doe Run Co. will offer a total of $500,000 to help Missouri districts retrofit diesel school buses and improve environmental practices in school science labs. Districts in Jefferson County, Mo., get first crack at the grants.
EPA names winners of $2 million in school bus rebates
February 6, 2013
Agency officials call the response from school bus fleets “overwhelming” — there were more than 1,000 applications for rebates. The 30 randomly chosen recipients include school districts and contractors from various states.
Texas districts see cost savings from propane buses
January 23, 2013
Dallas County Schools is among the school systems in the state running buses on the fuel, and it reportedly saves about $500,000 annually with the $0.50-per-gallon tax credit. Officials from the Propane Council of Texas say that with the recent extension of alternative-fuel tax credits, districts will be able to save more money this year.
Mo. district sees cost savings from propane buses
January 9, 2013
The eight Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses have been in operation at Fort Zumwalt School District since last June. The district’s chief financial officer says the district is saving “around 18.9 cents per mile due to lower fuel costs,” and officials anticipate that the buses will save the district “approximately $18,000 this school year.”
Ariz. district buys 13 propane school buses
January 7, 2013
Glendale Elementary School District acquires six Blue Bird propane buses and seven Collins propane buses — the district's first powered by the alternative fuel. Canyon State Bus Sales' Phil Polizzatto calls the district's decision "both financially and environmentally responsible."
Congress passes alt-fuel tax credit extensions
January 3, 2013
The fiscal deal passed by Congress this week includes provisions that benefit fleets that use alternative fuels. The bill, expected to be signed into law by President Obama, extends tax credits for such fuels as propane, compressed natural gas and biodiesel — all of which power many school buses.
Ky. DOE receives $13M for hybrid bus purchases
January 3, 2013
The grant money for the state Department of Education will go toward project proposals from school districts to purchase approximately 213 diesel-electric-powered school buses. Public school districts in the state are eligible to apply for funding, and the deadline is Jan. 16.
Webasto, ESW integrate pollution-control technologies
December 13, 2012
Webasto Product North America’s engine-off heaters and ESW Group’s diesel particulate filters together can help to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions and the need to idle, company officials say. They also say that the combined technologies can help fleet owner/operators to obtain Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding for emission-control and idle-reduction equipment.

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