Pennsylvania school district commits to propane autogas buses

March 23, 2016 By    


Pennsylvania’s Derry Township School District added three Blue Bird Propane Vision buses to its fleet for the 2015–16 school year, and plans to continue rolling out propane autogas buses in the coming years.

The buses, powered by Roush CleanTech’s propane autogas fuel system, will provide cleaner-operating transportation to students at lower operating costs, according to Blue Bird.

“It’s our department’s goal to save money in transportation costs that can be used for better purposes,” says Steve Bell, director of transportation and garage operations for Derry Township School District, in a press release. “Our normal preventative maintenance will cost about $240 less per bus per year with the propane autogas buses. The downtime and other repair costs will definitely be less than our diesel buses.”

Propane autogas engines allow bus drivers to better hear and communicate with students onboard and also improve audio clarity of onboard camera systems, according to Blue Bird.

Later this year, the school district will replace aging diesel models with three additional Blue Bird Propane Vision buses. Bell says the school district’s use of propane-powered buses fits well into the district’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

“Our school district appreciates the cleaner air to breathe and a sense of environmental responsibility for the whole community that comes with these buses,” Bell says. “The students and bus drivers, along with the general public, enjoy the lower noise levels, which will continue as our district gradually replaces its diesel buses with propane autogas models.”

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