MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile County Public Schools (MCPSS), the state’s largest school district, acquired 30 alternative fuel school buses to support its community outreach campaign, “It Starts With Us.” The Blue Bird Propane Vision buses will lower operating costs while improving the environment, officials said.
Each bus will displace about 40,000 gallons of diesel and emit 150,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over its lifetime, according to Blue Bird.
“We are pleased to be the very first school system in Alabama to enhance transportation through the use of propane buses,” said Martha Peek, Superintendent of Mobile County Public Schools. “We have taken this step because we understand the advantages are increased fuel efficiency, economic and environmental.”
Officials rolled out the new buses last week at the MCPSS transportation department.
Before choosing to fuel with propane autogas, the district’s transportation department performed a comprehensive evaluation. This process included safety research, cost savings analysis, site visits to school systems that operate buses with propane autogas, and phone interviews with transportation directors.
“The schoolchildren and taxpayers of Mobile benefit from this important decision,” said Dale Wendell, Blue Bird’s chief commercial officer. “The adoption of Blue Bird Propane Vision buses further emphasizes Mobile County Public Schools’ forward-thinking leadership and commitment to reduce fuel and maintenance costs, support a domestically-produced fuel, and provide cleaner air for the students and the community.”