Three school districts have purchased a total of 17 Blue Bird Vision Propane buses.
Three of the state’s school districts and one transit agency will receive electric buses backed by Volkswagen settlement funds.
The agency anticipates making between 40 and 60 grant agreements for projects aimed at reducing emissions from aging diesel engines, including those in school buses.
The fourth-largest district school bus fleet in the U.S., according to School Bus Fleet's research, commits to transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2040.
The new buses for Suffolk Transportation and Bay Shore Union Free School District are part of the first production line series of electric models from Blue Bird.
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 school bus manufacturer delivers more than a dozen propane-powered buses to Newport News (Va.) Public Schools and North Penn School District in Lansdale, Pa.
The two states are offering funding for low-emission, alt-fuel school buses. Florida is also providing funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
The agency will award selected applicants $15,000 to $20,000 per bus for scrapping and replacement. The deadline to apply is Oct. 30.
Acquiring electric buses and the requisite infrastructure can have the unintended consequence of having more kids riding on older buses, generating higher overall fleet emissions, due to cutbacks on the basic turnover of the existing fleet.
The state's third round of Volkswagen settlement funding will be used to reimburse public school districts for the purchase of new electric school buses, charging infrastructure, and propane buses.
Triad Community Unit School District #2 will receive a $650,000 grant for the purchase of three electric school buses and charging infrastructure.
School districts in Ann Arbor, Gaylord, Kalamazoo, Oxford, Roseville, Three Rivers, and Zeeland will receive a total of $4.2 million to purchase 17 new electric school buses.
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