Alternative Fuels

Missouri District Honored for CNG School Bus Fleet

Thomas McMahon
Posted on May 9, 2017
North Kansas City Schools’ Dan Clemens (left), John Ray, and Lon Waterman accept the Transit and Mobility award from ACT Expo official Eric Neandross.
North Kansas City Schools’ Dan Clemens (left), John Ray, and Lon Waterman accept the Transit and Mobility award from ACT Expo official Eric Neandross.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — North Kansas City Schools received national recognition last week for its efforts in sustainable student transportation.

The Missouri district won the Transit and Mobility award at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, held May 1 to 4 in Long Beach. North Kansas City Schools is reportedly the first school district to win the award, which honors “Organizations demonstrating leadership in sustainable passenger transport,” according to the ACT Expo website.

This school year, North Kansas City Schools replaced the majority of its diesel fleet with 124 compressed natural gas (CNG) school buses. The new Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG buses are powered by the Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G engine.

Lon Waterman, director of transportation for North Kansas City Schools, told School Bus Fleet in an interview last year that the move to an alternative fuel ties in with the district’s overall environmental goals.

“The district has looked at green initiatives in other departments, including the building of schools,” Waterman says. “For the board, they felt that transportation was the natural next step.”

Instead of relying on grant funding, North Kansas City Schools carried out its fleet conversion with a comprehensive financing package that included CNG vehicles, fueling infrastructure, and facility modifications.

In a press release about the Transit and Mobility award, the district said that the CNG school buses are saving “thousands of dollars in fuel costs” while cutting emissions.

“Our commitment to saving energy and sustainability is a priority district-wide,” Waterman said. “Receiving this award just lets our employees know their hard work and dedication to going green is noticed and appreciated.”

Related Topics: alternative fuels, CNG, emissions, Missouri, Thomas Built Buses

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 0 )
More Stories

Workshop Management Tool

Chevin Fleet Solutions’ Workshop Hub, when fully launched in early 2019, can be used as a central location for technicians to complete daily administration tasks such as time sheets, inspection sheets, and workshop audits from the workshop floor.

VAT runs a fleet of 80 school buses in Ohio.

Contractors Connect on Recruiting Strategies, Fuel Outlook

Four school bus operators from four states find common ground in dealing with driver shortage, tapping into the benefits of GPS and video cameras, and assessing fuel options. For the most part, they’re sticking with diesel for now, but one is seeing success with an electric bus.


Heat Recycling System

Idle Free Heat uses residual heat from the engine to keep the interior of the bus warm, circulating the heat through the vents when the bus is turned off.

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!