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Texas district awarded $1.7M for bus retrofits
May 10, 2012
The grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Texas Clean School Bus Program will outfit 129 Brownsville Independent School District buses with pollution-control equipment, including diesel particulate filters for older school buses.
Ariz. district sees increased savings with propane buses
May 9, 2012
A new case study reveals that Mesa Public Schools’ Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird Type A school buses and six Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision Type C units are yielding a savings of 32.6 cents per mile. In February, the district reported a savings of 25.1 cents per mile with the Type A buses.
Green Fleets Across America 2012
May 3, 2012

From operating alternative-fueled vehicles to installing pollution-control equipment on buses to reducing idling, pupil transportation operations are doing their part to provide a healthy and safe ride to and from school for students. Here, we provide details on these and other environmentally friendly practices at school districts and contractors throughout the country.

Trans Tech eTrans goes on N.Y. tour
April 26, 2012
The manufacturer's all-electric bus makes a stop at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Thursday for a government VIP and media ride-along. Officials say the bus, which features an electric chassis from Smith Electric Vehicles, has a trip range of approximately 120 to 130 miles per charge and produces zero emissions.
$20M offered for clean diesel projects
April 24, 2012
This is the first grant competition since the Diesel Emission Reduction Program was reauthorized in 2011. Projects can reduce air pollution from older school buses, among other vehicles.
Canada strives to reduce vehicle emissions
April 19, 2012
Regulations proposed by Environmental Minister Peter Kent are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of large pickup trucks, short/long-haul tractors, cement and garbage trucks, buses and more, for model year 2014 and beyond. The regulations are part of the country's overall climate change strategy, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.
Propane vehicle parade to feature Blue Bird Type C bus
April 9, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s Next Generation 2012 propane-powered unit will be among the vehicles featured during the Propane Clean Air Rally and Autogas Parade, which will be held in Atlanta on Saturday. A press conference and a ride-and-drive event will follow the rally and parade.
Bill would give $15K rebates for alt-fuel buses
March 15, 2012
The legislation in the U.S. Senate would reimburse up to $15,000 for the purchase of school and transit buses powered by natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen or fuel cells.
Ore. district sees cost savings from propane buses
March 13, 2012
Portland Public Schools operates some of its own buses and also contracts with First Student — eighty percent of all the buses are powered by the fuel. Officials say the propane units run up to 30,000 miles longer than buses fueled by gasoline, resulting in lower maintenance costs, and the district expects to see a 50-percent savings in fuel costs.
7 districts receive funding for new buses, retrofits
March 6, 2012
Six school districts in Iowa will receive up to $38,000 in reimbursement as a match for a new school bus to replace their oldest school bus still in regular use. Another district will receive full reimbursement for retrofits. The funding is provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources through the EPA's Clean Diesel Campaign.
SAE International to hold alternative-fuel symposium
February 24, 2012
The free online event in March is intended to help pupil transportation personnel make informed decisions about the pros and cons of converting their buses to hybrid-electric, propane or compressed natural gas technology. It will include supplier and peer-to-peer presentations, panel discussions and technology exhibits.
Electric school buses to be manufactured for China
February 22, 2012
Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. signs a letter of intent with Wanxiang Group that includes a joint venture investment of up to $75 million to develop, manufacture and commercialize all-electric school buses and commercial vehicles for multiple industries in the country. The vehicles will combine Wanxiang’s EV componentry technologies with Smith’s proprietary platform vehicle designs.
Blue Bird receives EPA, CARB engine certification
February 21, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s 2010 through 2012 model Vision and All American units, which are equipped with Cummins’ ISB6.7 engine, are certified by the agencies. Officials say the ability to deliver these ratings can be attributed to Cummins’ total system integration with selective catalytic reduction technology.
EPA awards grant to N.Y. contractor
February 16, 2012
Chestnut Ridge Transportation receives the grant to replace and/or upgrade the school bus fleets it operates for East Ramapo and Ramapo central school districts. The funding is awarded as part of the NSTA's "Go Yellow, Go Green" national campaign, which encourages cleaner operation of school buses.
Ariz. district sees success with propane buses
February 13, 2012
Mesa Public Schools reports savings of about 25.1 cents per mile for the propane Micro Bird Type A school buses it began running last fall. In April, the district will take delivery of six propane Blue Bird Type Cs.
EPA, CARB certify Cummins' new school bus ratings
February 7, 2012
Officials say the engine manufacturer will begin production of the new ratings for its ISB6.7 unit this month. The new ratings for the ISB6.7 are certified at 0.20g oxides of nitrogen per brake horsepower (hp) hour without the use of emissions credits, and they include offerings of 220 hp with 520 lb.-ft. of torque and 250 hp with 660 lb.-ft. of torque.
Electric bus brings changes
February 7, 2012

Kings Canyon USD was the first district in the nation to receive an eTrans all-electric school bus from Trans Tech Bus. The district hopes to acquire five more within the next year.

Calif. agency to award $1M in grants for alt-fuel bus projects
February 6, 2012
Of the $1 million, $496,696 will go to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, and the rest will go to the San Diego Air Pollution Control District as part of the California Air Resources Board’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Project initiative. Kings Canyon’s grant money will fund two eTrans all-electric school buses, which will be among the buses the district loans out for trial operation at other school districts.
Blue Bird talks propane at Wis. education event
January 19, 2012
Reps from the school bus manufacturer and Charter Fuels are on hand during the 2012 Wisconsin State Education Convention this week to discuss the advantages of running school fleets on propane.
TV show features Kan. district’s CNG buses
January 12, 2012
Kansas City Public Schools acquired a new fleet of 47 compressed natural gas school buses, made possible by a stimulus grant. The public television program MotorWeek gives an overview of the district’s project — from funding to fueling equipment.

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