Blue Bird event showcases propane-powered buses

May 1, 2018 By    

Rush Bus Centers, a Selma, Texas-based Blue Bird bus dealership, hosted the Blue Bird Experience, an event which showcased Blue Bird’s range of school buses for local and district transportation directors and decision-makers.

“The event was a huge success providing school district officials the opportunity to understand the latest in Blue Bird emissions and safety technology,” says Mark Terry, chief commercial officer of Blue Bird Corp. “It also gave attendees the chance to speak with local elected officials and representatives from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about what is important to their transportation departments, especially those still running on older diesel buses that need replacement.”

Attendees of the event had the opportunity to ride in and drive a variety of Blue Bird buses. Photo courtesy of Rush Bus Centers.

According to Blue Bird, attendees of the event had the opportunity to ride and drive Blue Bird buses, which included Vision Type C and All-American Type D school buses, as well as Micro Bird Type A buses. These buses showcased the company’s range of engine types, including diesel, gasoline and propane. Propane buses are cleaner and qualify for several significant grant-funding opportunities, Blue Bird says.

“I can’t conceive of a more appropriate or cost-effective use of Texas’ share of the Volkswagen settlement money than to utilize it to help reduce emissions from the school buses that transport our Texas school children,” says state Rep. Tony Dale. “I urge the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Gov. [Greg] Abbott to support Texas’ continued transition to a better air quality future by using these funds to help replace older, dirty school buses with new clean buses that will help minimize exposure of children to potentially harmful, yet easily avoidable toxins.”

The Blue Bird Vision propane school bus would qualify for funding from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust currently reviewed in Texas. The propane-fueled bus operates on an engine that is 75 percent cleaner than current emissions standards and 99 percent cleaner than pre-2007 standards, the company says.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is developing the state’s plans for utilizing Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust funding. According to Blue Bird, the commission is accepting comments to decide how to distribute more than $207 million in the fund to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

About the Author:

Clara Richter was a managing editor at LP Gas magazine.

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