Alternative Fuels

Dallas district converts 53 buses to propane

Posted on August 16, 2012

GEORGETOWN, Texas — CleanFUEL USA completed the conversion of 53 Type A school buses to propane for Dallas County Schools.

The project was funded through a $1 million grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Clean Fleets North Texas program, which was made possible largely through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds received from the State Energy Conservation Office.

This grant also supports the efforts of the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities program, which is housed at the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

“One of Clean Cities’ main goals is to facilitate the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles in and around the Dallas Fort-Worth area,” said Pamela Burns, Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities coordinator. “CleanFUEL USA has been and continues to be a solid partner in the propane autogas market by helping Dallas-based organizations, such as Dallas County Schools, reduce their transportation costs while decreasing their environmental footprint.”

CleanFUEL USA has also announced more than 37 new or expanded contracts with other Texas independent school districts for propane refueling infrastructure equipment.

Districts receiving installation of new equipment include: Austin Independent School District, Houston Independent School District and Arlington Independent School District.

Dallas County Schools has been utilizing propane as an alternative fuel for more than 10 years, saving approximately $1.5 million in fuel costs annually, officials said. The new propane buses are anticipated to save the school district more than $200,000 per year.

“The decision to convert additional buses to propane autogas was an easy one,” said Tim Jones, executive analyst for Dallas County Schools. “We have the infrastructure in place, making it a simple transition. We also live in the largest producing state of propane in the country. Therefore, we are helping our state economy, saving money for our taxpayers by reducing school transportation costs and providing cleaner air for our students. It’s hard to argue with not investing in more autogas transportation for our schools.”


Other recent articles on alternative fuels:

App provides alternative fuel station location data

Trans Tech goes green with electric school bus

Related Topics: alternative fuels, propane, Texas, Type A/small bus

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Triad Community Unit School District #2 in Troy, Ill., ordered three Motiv-powered electric buses. Shown here is a Motiv-powered electric bus. Photo courtesy Motiv Power Systems
News

Illinois District Orders 3 Electric School Buses

Triad Community Unit School District #2 will receive the buses, which were sold by Creative Bus Sales and will be built by Starcraft Bus. The buses are funded by the state’s second round of VW settlement funds. 

The Missouri Propane Education and Research Council presented Student Transportation of America (STA) with a $20,000 rebate check for purchasing 10 new propane school buses. Photo courtesy STA
News

Missouri Council Awards STA $20K Rebate for Propane School Buses

The Missouri Propane Education and Research Council’s rebate to Student Transportation of America is for its purchase of 10 of the alternative-fuel buses. The council has committed $1 million to help school districts in the state transition from diesel to propane buses.

Henry County (Ga.) Schools' 23 Blue Bird Vision propane school buses are expected to emit 500 fewer pounds of particulate matter per year than the diesel buses they replaced. File photo
News

Georgia District Adds 23 Propane School Buses

Henry County Schools' Blue Bird Vision propane buses are expected to emit 500 fewer pounds of particulate matter per year and about 19,000 fewer pounds of nitrogen oxide than the diesel buses they replaced.

The NCST’s Steering Committee and writing committees are preparing for the 2020 Congress. Murrell Martin (shown left) and Bill Loshbough are shown here leading a discussion at NCST 2015.
News

NCST Gears Up for 2020

The National Congress on School Transportation Steering Committee firms up plans and writing committees are researching requests for procedures manual changes. The Congress will meet in Des Moines, Iowa, in May.

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!

We respect your data and privacy.
By clicking the submit button below, you are agreeing with Bobit Business Media’s Privacy Policy and this outlined level of consent.