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Texas district cuts fuel costs by 33% with propane buses
November 26, 2013
Seguin Independent School District has been operating propane-powered school buses for six years, and it currently has 28 buses running on the fuel in its fleet, with plans to purchase more in the future. In addition to the savings in fuel costs, officials say the district has saved $500,000 since 2008 through the initial reimbursement for the purchase of the buses and the rebate on the fuel.
Researchers convert CO2, hydrogen into crude oil alternative
November 21, 2013
At an Israeli university, researchers have developed a process to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into a renewable alternative for crude oil, which they say could transform fuels used in gas and diesel vehicles and jets.
Trans Tech, Motiv partner for new all-electric school bus
October 22, 2013
The Type A school bus manufacturer and Motiv Power Systems have developed the SST-e, which will be revealed at the National Association for Pupil Transportation trade show on Tuesday and Wednesday. The bus is built on a Ford E-450 chassis, utilizing the all-battery, all-chassis compatible Motiv electric Powertrain Control System, and has a capacity of 30 students, or 24 students and one wheelchair, according to company officials.
Thomas Built to launch CNG-powered Type A school bus
October 22, 2013
The manufacturer is now starting pilot production of a compressed natural gas (CNG) Minotour, with official production slated to start in the first quarter of 2014. The CNG model will utilize a GM 6-liter engine on the 4500 series cutaway chassis.
Over 2,000 propane school buses now running in Texas
October 10, 2013
The Propane Council of Texas reports that about 75 Texas school districts are operating buses powered by propane autogas. A 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit for propane has helped districts generate big savings in fuel costs.
TV show spotlights Minnesota fleet's switch to propane
September 11, 2013
According to a recent segment on MotorWeek, Eastern Carver County Schools has started a "slow but steady process" of replacing more than 100 diesel school buses with propane-powered units. The show's host reports that although the new propane buses cost more, they yielded fuel cost savings of $60,000 last year.
New training courses cover natural gas vehicle maintenance
September 10, 2013
Natural Gas Vehicle Institute officials say that the new courses prepare technicians to perform maintenance, diagnostics and repair of natural gas vehicles. The heavy-duty course has major emphasis on Cummins ISL G-equipped vehicles.
On the quest for green dollars
September 5, 2013

For fleets struggling to find the funds to buy alt-fuel vehicles, there is money available. The key to getting it is to formulate a plan, build relationships and pay attention to the details.

Cook-Illinois buys 20 Blue Bird propane buses
August 28, 2013
The new Propane-Powered Vision school buses will transport students in Berkeley (Ill.) School District 87. Cook-Illinois reportedly utilized the school bus industry’s first adaptation of propane technology back in the early 1980s.
New Jersey district embraces new ideas and saves big
August 27, 2013

Medford Township Public Schools continually seeks out opportunities to grow its sustainability practices, reduce transportation costs and generate revenue, which have been accomplished through such initiatives as a solar project, shared bus service and running vehicles on biodiesel. From the solar project alone, the district has realized savings of $300,000 annually.

Wheel end assembly cited in school bus fire
August 22, 2013
A fire on a Blue Bird propane school bus on Monday likely originated in a wheel end assembly and did not compromise the propane fuel tanks, an independent fire investigator finds. There was no one on the bus at the time of the fire, and the engine was off.
Missouri district to transition fleet to CNG
August 6, 2013
In a 10-year lease-purchase agreement, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will replace its diesel fleet with 149 Thomas Built school buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). The district’s program also includes a shift toward CNG-powered facility maintenance trucks and continued use of all-electric delivery trucks.
Blue Bird to unveil 2015 model year bus improvements
July 23, 2013
Officials say the enhancements to the Vision are an optional 98-gallon propane autogas fuel tank, new headlights with integrated turn signals that feature clear-lens technology and a new bracket for the cross-view mirror. On the Vision and on the All American are upgraded clearance lights and an improved driver’s seat belt system.
With growth, Krapf keeps focus on people
July 2, 2013

After 70 years in operation, Pennsylvania-based George Krapf Jr. & Sons is the sixth-largest school bus contractor in the nation and extends into multiple states. CEO Blake Krapf says that building strong relationships with districts and maintaining a top-quality staff are still the keys to the business.

Maine’s Kevin Mallory honored for ‘green’ bus efforts
June 13, 2013
The transportation director for Portland Public Schools has won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the EPA, which will be presented to him on June 26. The award is in recognition of his work to reduce pollution from the school system’s bus fleet and raise awareness about the benefits of “greener” transportation.
Georgia drivers participate in safety competition with propane buses
June 7, 2013
More than 60 drivers from around the state competed in the roadeo hosted by Georgia’s Pupil Transportation Safety Competition Foundation, where they navigated obstacle courses and challenges and completed a written examination. Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses were provided by Hall County Schools and Appling County Schools.
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.
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.

Texas district’s transportation services honored for sustainability
May 20, 2013
The Houston Independent School District wins the National Association of Fleet Administrators Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability award for 2013. The district is recognized for its use of alternative fuels and partnership with the University of Houston to test a school bus filter that will convert smog-producing pollutants emitted from engines into water and nitrogen gas.
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.

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