Blue Birds in Oregon and Massachusetts, Champions in Michigan
Roush CleanTech is supplying the dedicated-propane autogas fuel systems for double-digit bus orders in Massachusetts, Michigan and Oregon, all announced last week – 199 propane autogas vehicles in all. updated May 27
The orders, totaling 199:
- Student Transportation of America – STA – announced an order for 60 new Blue Bird school buses including 52 Roush-powered, propane-fueled Vision vehicles for the Lake Oswego School District south of Portland under a $3 million contract.
- Blue Bird said that Boston Public Schools will operate 11% of its bus fleet with its (Roush-powered) Propane Vision buses, starting with 86 of the autogas vehicles for the 2015-2016 school year.
- Roush reported that southeast Michigan’s SMART – Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation – is adding 61 new propane autogas-fueled Champion paratransit vehicles to its Connector fleet, “making SMART the second largest propane autogas powered paratransit fleet in Michigan and one of the top five largest in the United States.”
The “new fleet of propane autogas buses will not only reduce carbon emissions within our community, but will also be up-to-date and more reliable,” Lake Oswego School District executive finance director Stuart Ketzler said in an STA release. His agency’s “selection of STA marks STA’s first location within Oregon,” he said. STA displaced First Student at Lake Oswego.
In Massachusetts, “These new Blue Bird Propane Visions mean many students will no longer be exposed to diesel fumes when boarding or disembarking our buses,” Peter Crossan, fleet and compliance manager of Boston Public Schools, said in Blue Bird’s 86-bus order announcement.
Short Wheel Base for Boston
The buses for Boston are short 169-inch wheelbase vehicles with 50-gallon propane tanks and Ford V-10 engines. “This new autogas bus offering expands Blue Bird’s propane autogas portfolio, which also includes the 70-gallon standard and 100-gallon extended-range autogas tanks,” Blue Bird said.
Also according to the Blue Bird release, Boston expects to save $1 per gallon on fuel from a provider of onsite propane autogas fleet fueling services. The school district is to take delivery of the buses in June.
SMART Wants to Add 49 More
“Autogas technology will improve our operations, lower costs and preserve the environment,” SMART GM John Hertel says in Roush’s announcement. Delivery of the 61 propane autogas-fueled, Ford E-450-chassis SMART Connector buses started in February and as of last week 14 vehicles had been placed into service.
SMART plans, when funding is available, to replace the balance of its current gasoline fleet with propane autogas, for a total of 110 vehicles.
Mobility Transportation Services is the Champion commercial dealer for the SMART paratransit bus buy.
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Source: STA, Blue Bird, Roush with Fleets & Fuels follow-up