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Superintendent cites benefits of natural gas school buses
September 11, 2014
Lee’s Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District has launched an initiative to transition its fleet over the next 10 years to buses powered by natural gas. Here, Superintendent Dr. David McGehee shares details on the plan, including a projection of cutting transportation costs by about $10.5 million over the course of the decade.
Free webinar to discuss Thomas Built’s propane bus
September 9, 2014
The web seminar, hosted by the Propane Education & Research Council, will provide details on the recent expansion of Thomas Built Buses’ alternative-fuel offerings with its propane-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus.
IC Bus to offer propane school bus
September 2, 2014
The propane version of the CE Series school bus will pair a Power Solutions International 8.8-liter propane engine and an Allison 2500 transmission. Deliveries will begin in summer 2015, and buses will go into service for the start of the 2015-16 school year.
State Funding, Fuel Savings Drive Propane Bus Adoption in Florida
August 29, 2014

With reduced operating costs and a rebate program for propane autogas vehicles, Florida school districts are tapping the alternative fuel as an economical and environmental solution. Broward County recently added 98 propane school buses to its fleet.

Propane industry launches new brand, tagline
August 20, 2014
The Propane Education & Research Council’s new brand identity for propane is PROPANE Clean American Energy. The new logo, anchored by the iconic image of an American bald eagle, highlights propane as an increasingly American-made alternative fuel at a time when U.S. propane production from natural gas liquids is at record levels, council officials said.
California Highway Patrol approves all-electric school bus
August 20, 2014
Technology company Adomani and the Gilroy Unified School District collaborated to produce a solar fueled, all-electric, 50 passenger, Type D school bus. CHP approval was the final step before the converted school bus was cleared to transport students, and it makes its debut this school year.
Texas fleet veteran transfers to new school district
August 20, 2014
Mark Swackhamer, who has been a driving force in implementing alternative fuels, GPS and efficient-driving training at Houston Independent School District, moves to Humble Independent School District to become assistant director of transportation.
Clinton Global Initiative partner wins grant to build electric school buses
July 24, 2014
The Commissioners of the California Energy Commission approved a grant to National Strategies for $1.4 million for an all electric school bus demonstration program in California. Coupled with a previous grant, the total of $2.2 million will lead to the development of six buses that will be deployed in Torrance Unified School District, Kings Canyon Unified School District and Napa Valley Unified School District.
Denis Gallagher named SBF Contractor of the Year
July 23, 2014
The Student Transportation Inc. founder and leader has led his company through remarkable growth while maintaining a 95% contract renewal rate over 17 years. Gallagher has also been at the forefront in adopting alternative fuels in school transportation — his company has made the largest single order of propane school buses to date: more than 400.
CleanFUEL USA fuel system powers new Thomas propane bus
July 17, 2014
CleanFUEL USA’s liquid propane injection system is employed by the Thomas Built Buses propane Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus as well as the Freightliner Custom Chassis S2G medium-duty truck, both of which are now in full production.
Nominations open for 2014 Sustainability All Stars
July 15, 2014
The awards program recognizes fleet professionals who have made significant contributions to fleet environmental sustainability, such as deploying alternative-fuel vehicles or implementing idle-reduction policies. Last year’s Sustainability All Stars included several recipients from the school transportation industry.
In retirement, Ron Latko launches consulting career
July 8, 2014
Soon after May 22, his last day working as director of transportation for Mesa Public Schools, Latko officially started Latko Consulting Inc. He plans to use his extensive knowledge in alternative fuels and expertise in pupil transportation to help school bus companies and propane companies improve sales, and assist districts across the U.S. in becoming more efficient and saving money.
Electric school bus production to increase with $7.3M powertrain investment
July 3, 2014
Funding from investors comes as the second Motiv Power Systems-equipped Trans Tech all-electric school bus is delivered to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, California. The supplier expects to fulfill orders for 20 this year, an estimate that may reach 100 in 2015, said Motiv Power Systems Founder and CEO Jim Castelaz.
Parker Hannifin debuts CNG fuel dispenser
June 11, 2014
The supplier introduced a complete industrial and fleet fuel dispensing solution for high-flow, high-cycle CNG applications to the North American market at the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo. Central to the solution is the new Parker Industrial Bulk CNG Dispenser, the only entirely integrated fuel dispenser on the market, according to the supplier.
Electric buses could save districts millions, study finds
June 3, 2014
The study, conducted by the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, examined the cost-effectiveness of electric school buses that use vehicle-to-grid technology, discharging their batteries into the electrical grid when not in use and getting paid for the service. Over 14 years, an electric bus fleet using the technology could save an estimated $38 million, according to the research.
New propane fueling system offered for fleets
May 23, 2014
Features of Alliance AutoGas’ new T3MR Fleet Fuel Management System include a durable card reader system, data management, real-time communications and an ultra-low-emission fueling nozzle. Company officials say that the system will provide fleet managers with the ability to better monitor and control fuel inventories in real time.
John Clements to serve as advisor for Motiv Power Systems
May 22, 2014
In the part-time role, Clements, who retired last year as director of transportation for California’s Kings Canyon Unified School District, will offer school bus industry advice and general operations knowledge to the company, among other duties. Last year, Motiv partnered with Trans Tech Bus to develop the SSTe all-electric school bus.
Alt-fuel school bus options are growing
May 22, 2014

Manufacturers are meeting the demand for clean-burning, money-saving yellow buses by offering more powered by propane autogas and compressed natural gas, as well as all-electric units. Here’s a look at some of the school buses in development, on the market and in service at operations.

Ohio school district acquires 49 propane buses
May 15, 2014
Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses will replace 12- to-13-year-old diesel buses. The propane units will go into operation for the 2014-15 school year.
Collins Bus Corp. launches new CNG Type A school bus
May 14, 2014
The school bus manufacturer has partnered with Westport on the bus, which features the Westport WiNG Power System, a dedicated natural gas fuel system. The bus also features a large passenger-side cab view window, an exterior storage compartment, and it provides an estimated 250- to 300-mile range. Collins Bus is accepting orders for the bus, and delivery to customers will begin in the fall, according to the company.
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