Alternative Fuels

EPA names winners of $2 million in school bus rebates

Thomas McMahon
Posted on February 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thirty recipients have been named in the U.S. EPA’s first-ever rebate program, which focuses specifically on replacing older school buses.

The winners include school districts, contractors, a Head Start agency and a Jewish academy. They represent 18 states.

The program, announced in September, drew more than 1,000 applications requesting a total of more than $70 million — far surpassing the total allocation for the rebate funds, $2 million.

“The response from school bus fleet owners was overwhelming,” EPA officials said in an announcement.

The agency explained that all applications were given a unique identification number. Then eligible applications were selected for funding through a random number generator, and rebate funds were reserved for those selected. The remaining applicants were placed on a wait list.

“We are honored to be among the recipients and appreciate the EPA’s commitment to advancing the cleaner environmental standards of the yellow school bus industry,” said Rob Nelson, president of Dousman (Wis.) Transport Co., one of the rebate recipients.

Selected applicants have 90 days to submit purchase orders for new buses. Between July and October, the new buses will arrive and the old ones must be scrapped in order to receive payment from the EPA.

To view the list of selected applicants, the list of wait-listed applicants and other details on the rebate program, go here.

Related Topics: emissions, EPA, school bus replacement

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Video

VIDEO: Louisiana District Rolls Out Propane Buses

Public television program MotorWeek spotlights East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, which bought 10 propane school buses after flooding wiped out a portion of its fleet last year. Now, the district has ordered 30 more.

Product

Heavy-Duty Alternators

Two new families of Leece-Neville heavy-duty alternators have been designed to improve school bus electrical performance: the IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme high-efficiency/high-output alternators.

An article about school districts’ successes with stop-arm cameras was the most-viewed feature on the SBF website this year.
News

Top 5 Most-Viewed Feature Articles of 2016

Feature articles that drew the most traffic on the School Bus Fleet website in 2016 covered stop-arm cameras, electric school buses, and student behavior management, among other topics.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!