Olympia CUSD now has more than a third of its buses running on propane, which officials say is lowering operating costs and yielding other benefits.
Gov. Greg Abbott cites the vital role that propane autogas plays in powering more than 2,600 school buses across Texas.
At the NAPT trade show, the school bus OEM showcases its various options for engine and transmission. Also, the company plans to add a gasoline engine option in the near future, then natural gas as demand grows.
According to PERC's Michael Taylor, propane does not require additional fluids, engine block heaters or preventive measures to be taken even on the coldest days of winter. Propane buses crank reliably, warm up quickly and provide consistent heat throughout the passenger compartment, he says.
Jubb’s Bus Service Inc. put the first propane school bus in the state into operation for the 2015-16 school year. Anne Arundel County students boarded the Blue Bird Vision Propane bus on Tuesday.
After testing three propane-powered buses, Independent School District 15 in Minnesota ordered the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses for the 2015-16 school year.
Powertrain Integration, which supplies the 8.0L PIthon propane engine for school buses, selects New Eagle to provide a PC-based diagnostic tool.
The donations will go toward classroom supplies in districts that have adopted propane school buses. At an event in Boston, Jenna Bush Hager rides a bus with students and then surprises teachers.
In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Hammond Transportation points to lower maintenance costs as one of its reasons for buying propane buses.
The funds will offset the incremental costs for 16 propane buses for Fort Worth Independent School District.
ABC Student Transportation will transport some Detroit students on Blue Bird Vision Propane buses beginning this school year. This is reportedly the largest fleet of propane school buses in the state.
School transportation providers should not only review upfront costs associated with new bus acquisitions, infrastructure and fuel costs, but also true total cost of ownership, maintenance requirements and impact on the community.
Broward County (Fla.) Public Schools cut its annual operating costs by acquiring 98 Blue Bird Propane Vision buses. The district recouped the propane engine upcharge in three months.