DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) last week awarded nearly $43 million to help Southern California school districts purchase compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane buses to replace the diesel school buses in their fleets.
In addition, the AQMD awarded more than $3 million to help school districts retrofit 176 diesel school buses with particulate traps to reduce diesel emissions.
The funds will enable 13 school districts to replace 304 model year 1987 and older buses with new, cleaner-burning CNG or propane buses.
Funding for the bus replacements is provided through Proposition 1B approved by voters in November 2006 and the state’s Carl Moyer Program.
Since 2000, AQMD has approved more than $152 million to replace over 930 older diesel school buses with cleaner models and retrofit 2,991 newer diesel buses with particulate traps.
AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.