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Utah governor signs alt-fuel bill
April 2, 2013
Senate Bill 275, signed by Gov. Gary Herbert last Thursday, establishes a governing body to facilitate conversion of fleets in the state to alternative fuel vehicles, specifically those powered by compressed natural gas. Murrell Martin, pupil transportation specialist at the Utah State Office of Education, tells SBF that he believes the new law will provide a framework for school districts to move toward alternative fuel options for school buses.
Horlock points to growth in propane business for Blue Bird
March 19, 2013

With Blue Bird recently netting its biggest-ever order of propane school buses — more than 400 — President and CEO Phil Horlock is ebullient about the fuel’s potential. Here, he discusses alternative fuels, the state of school bus sales and other pertinent topics.

Pupil transporter, alt-fuel advocate Mike McClung passes
March 14, 2013
McClung, who served in the transportation department at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio from 1977 to 2000, passed away on March 9 at the age of 65. McClung was a longtime supporter of using alternative fuels to power school buses, and he was instrumental in converting the district’s fleet from diesel to propane.
Utah bill aims to increase state's CNG-powered vehicles
March 7, 2013
Senate Bill 275 would establish a governing body to facilitate conversion of fleets in the state to alternative fuel vehicles, specifically those powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). In a press conference on board a CNG-powered school bus, Gov. Gary Herbert calls for everyone to improve the state’s air quality, and he spotlights the bill as one way to reduce heavy vehicle and fleet emissions.
TV spot focuses on CNG school buses
February 25, 2013
Long-running public television program MotorWeek does a segment on Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, which has close to half of its 114 buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The district plans to go all-CNG when more fueling stations are available.
Texas districts see cost savings from propane buses
January 23, 2013
Dallas County Schools is among the school systems in the state running buses on the fuel, and it reportedly saves about $500,000 annually with the $0.50-per-gallon tax credit. Officials from the Propane Council of Texas say that with the recent extension of alternative-fuel tax credits, districts will be able to save more money this year.
David Anderson named SBF's Administrator of the Year
January 22, 2013

The director of transportation and fleet service at Colorado’s Adams 12 Five Star Schools has orchestrated adjustments to school bell times to make busing more efficient, for an overall savings of $900,000. He has also set up mechanic apprenticeship programs to help young people enter the field.

Mo. district sees cost savings from propane buses
January 9, 2013
The eight Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses have been in operation at Fort Zumwalt School District since last June. The district’s chief financial officer says the district is saving “around 18.9 cents per mile due to lower fuel costs,” and officials anticipate that the buses will save the district “approximately $18,000 this school year.”
Ariz. district buys 13 propane school buses
January 7, 2013
Glendale Elementary School District acquires six Blue Bird propane buses and seven Collins propane buses — the district's first powered by the alternative fuel. Canyon State Bus Sales' Phil Polizzatto calls the district's decision "both financially and environmentally responsible."
Congress passes alt-fuel tax credit extensions
January 3, 2013
The fiscal deal passed by Congress this week includes provisions that benefit fleets that use alternative fuels. The bill, expected to be signed into law by President Obama, extends tax credits for such fuels as propane, compressed natural gas and biodiesel — all of which power many school buses.
Blue Bird dealer revamps training, pushes alt-fuels
November 27, 2012

Now in its 37th year of business, Central States Bus Sales recently strengthened efforts to focus on the school bus manufacturer’s green technologies and provide comprehensive instruction for customers in the process.

David Anderson named SBF's Administrator of the Year
October 21, 2012
The director of transportation and fleet at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, Colo., has orchestrated adjustments to school bell times to make busing more efficient, for an overall savings of $900,000. He has also taken steps to help other districts become more efficient, serving as chair of the Metro Area Transportation Efficiency Study, a program that uses metrics to allow districts to compare themselves to others of a similar size and to find efficiencies.
W.Va. adds propane as option for school buses
October 9, 2012
State director Ben Shew tells SBF that propane’s price and its availability in West Virginia are key factors in school districts’ interest in the alternative fuel. He says that switching to propane could save more than $3,100 in fuel costs annually per bus.
Supercapacitors touted as 'green' energy source
October 4, 2012
In an article by Philip Ball for the Energy Quarterly feature of MRS Bulletin, a professor and researcher at Drexel University in Philadelphia explains supercapacitors as power-storage devices that can supply onboard electrical power in vehicles. Officials say that on buses, the technology can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 30%.
New natural gas engine for school buses in the works
October 4, 2012
Cummins Westport has begun development on the ISB6.7 G, a mid-range 6.7-liter natural gas engine. The new engine, expected to be in production by 2015, will be based on the Cummins ISB6.7 diesel engine and will use Cummins Westport's spark-ignited, stoichiometric cooled exhaust gas recirculation technology.
Pupil transporters among 40 Sustainability All-Stars
October 3, 2012
Officials from Houston Independent School District, Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools, and Wisconsin contractor Riteway receive the award at the Green Fleet Conference. Their efforts include implementing alternative fuels, increasing route efficiency and decreasing office energy consumption.
Thomas Built CEO sees permanent shifts in school bus market
September 27, 2012

Kelley Platt, the company's president and CEO, says that transportation changes many districts are making — from running buses longer to increasing walking distances — have reduced the need for new buses and aren’t likely to be reversed. In turn, the OEM is focused on becoming more cost-effective in its manufacturing while maintaining quality. Platt discusses the market shifts, cost of ownership and product developments with SBF.

CleanFUEL USA moves to new Mich. facility
September 17, 2012
Officials say that at 10,000 square feet, the new facility is double that of the previous facility, and that its configuration allows for better use of production space, including a dedicated clean room for sensitive component assembly and an expanded prototype shop for developing new designs and systems.
Coalition honored for providing hybrid buses to Ky.
September 13, 2012
A Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition team, which includes Eaton Corp. and the Kentucky Department of Education, receives the first Visionary Leadership Award from the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Group. Eaton assembles the hybrid system for the buses, and the coalition provides the buses through a U.S. Department of Energy grant.
Trans Tech Bus names new president
September 11, 2012
John Phraner will replace Dan Daniels, who plans to leave the Type A school bus manufacturer before the end of the year to be closer to his family. Phraner spent the last 22 years at North East Fabricators as the general manager, and the company has been a supplier to Trans Tech.

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