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January 06, 2011  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Texas district receives $2M to purchase propane buses


HOUSTON — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Railroad Commission of Texas awarded the Houston Independent School District (HISD) $2,120,500 to help buy 25 propane-fueled school buses.

The HISD board will vote on acceptance of the funds during its regular board meeting. The grants — $1.5 million from the TCEQ and $620,500 from the Railroad Commission — will help fund 70 percent of the cost to purchase the buses, with HISD covering the rest.

"These 25 buses have a dual benefit," HISD General Manager of Transportation Nathan Graf said. "They are considered 'green' in that they produce fewer toxins and other smog-producing emissions than gasoline and diesel engines, and they are a smart budget decision because they also lower fuel and operating costs."

According to the EPA, propane-fueled vehicles produce 30 to 90 percent less carbon monoxide and about 50 percent fewer toxins and other smog-producing emissions than gasoline engines.

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I was just wondering how the TCEQ could put out that much money towards one School District? Because there are a whole lot of Texas Schools in need of up-grading there Bus Fleets.

Glenn Frazier    |    Feb 28, 2011 01:05 PM

The problem with propane is that someone has to GIVE the school district money to get these buses on the road. Districts(their taxpayers!) can't afford to buy propane fleets which suggests the 'technology' is not financially viable. If it's not financially viable then it should not be foisted on the taxpayers!

Jack    |    Jan 12, 2011 07:12 AM

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