First Student Gets the Nod from Montana School Board
First Student has placed an order with Blue Bird Bus for 47-propane-fueled vehicles on behalf of Montana’s Bozeman Public Schools, marking the first placement of propane-fueled Blue Bird buses in the state.
The purchase was approved by the local school board this past Monday (January 28). First Student bid $1.86 million with the propane vehicles, according to a local report, compared with $1.98 million for diesel vehicles, beating out competing bids of $2 million and more for the five-year student transportation job.
The school buses in Bozeman carry some 2,800 passengers per day.
Fuel Systems by Roush
The new vehicles will be Type C Blue Birds with dedicated-propane fuel systems by Roush CleanTech, says Roush VP Todd Mouw. Roush converts 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engines for the buses marketed by Blue Bird as the “Vision.”
First Student is actively seeking fueling partners, local manager Stacy Roberts told F&F.
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