House Bill 1255 would establish the state’s Zero-Emission Vehicle School Bus Transition Grant Program to provide funding for electric school buses.
Transportation company chairman Dale Krapf testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the Diesel Emission Reduction Act program.
The school bus manufacturer cites lower upfront costs and ease of fueling accessibility as key factors in the growing sales of its Vision Gasoline bus.
Proposals for the program funds can be submitted through March 26.
Bethel School District’s new Blue Bird Vision Propane buses are expected to produce nitrogen oxide emissions at 0.02 NOx.
The state releases its third and fourth wave of settlement funds, approving the purchase of 67 new school buses for 35 school districts and charter schools.
Fulton County (Ga.) School System will replace 85 of its diesel-powered school buses with new propane buses.
Nearly $3.1 million of the state's $12.25 million share of VW settlement funds will go toward replacing aging diesel school and transit buses.
The state releases its second wave of the settlement funds, approving the purchase of 76 diesel and alternative-fuel schools buses for 22 school districts.
School buses are included in the vehicle types that are eligible for the funding and school districts are among the eligible entities.
The state plans to use about a quarter of its Volkswagen settlement money to buy 142 new school buses in low-income communities.
Leander Independent School District’s new Blue Bird Vision propane buses are expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 130,000 pounds.
In a letter to school superintendents, the state departments of Environmental Management, Health, and Elementary and Secondary Education encourage districts to enforce anti-idling laws.