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May 3, 2013 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

110 Roush-Powered Buses for Pennsylvania, as the Pace Picks Up

Student Transportation of America has orders for 110 propane autogas-fueled Blue Bird school buses for Pennsylvania, adding to recent word of more than 400 propane buses in Nebraska. And, STA predicts more to come.

Blue Bird Vision Type C school bus powered by 6.8-liter Ford engine with dedicated liquid-propane injection fuel system by Roush CleanTech

Blue Bird Vision Type C school bus powered by 6.8-liter Ford engine with dedicated liquid-propane injection fuel system by Roush CleanTech … for the kids it’s all right.

 

Like the vehicles in Omaha (F&F, December 18), the Blue Bird Bus vehicles in Pennsylvania will have Roush CleanTech fuel systems, says STA VP Ron Halley.

“Propane really offers the best bang for the buck right now,” he told F&F. “I think next year’s going to be even bigger once we’ve got Omaha under our belt.”

The Gateway School District in Monroeville, Pa., just east of Pittsburgh, is to get 80 propane-fueled Blue Bird Vision buses, while the Bristol Township School District, near Philadelphia, is to get 30.

Savings of $372,000

“The bid season’s still open,” Halley says. “We have a lot of 30- and 40-bus folks who are very interested.”

The Gateway School District contract will save approximately $372,000 compared to the current estimated transportation cost for the 2013-14 school year, STA says.

Separately, Student Transportation’s GoldStar Transit unit has an order for nearly three dozen propane-fueled buses from the Little Elm Independent School District in Little Elm, Texas.

“With our recently extended and amended credit facility, our new ‘managed contract program’ where school districts continue to own or control the fleet, and by using the low cost leasing program we have developed with lenders, we have less need to go back to the market as we have in the past for our growth,” Student Transportation Inc. COO Patrick Vaughan said in a release.

‘Less Pollution, Less Dilution’

“We can deploy more alternative fuel vehicles, lowering our fuel cost and reducing carbon monoxide around schools. This is our ‘less pollution, less dilution’ program we have been working towards.

“Our customers, shareholders, communities and our children all benefit by this new approach,” Vaughan said. “It is a new start in our effort to work on those 10,000 schools which continue to own and operate their own fleets. This is a positive step for us and we are pleased to be leading the change to a more cost effective model for schools and for a cleaner environment in the communities we serve.

“We certainly hope more schools reach out to us to learn more about the low cost managed options we have available for them.”


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Student Transportation of America, VP Ron Halley, 412-952-7911; [email protected]

STA, COO Patrick Vaughan, 339-526-1661; [email protected]; www.ridesta.com

GoldStar Transit, Richard Templeton, 512-632-8392; [email protected]; www.ridegst.com

Roush, sales VP Todd Mouw, 734-466-6522; mobile 248-770-4557; [email protected]

Roush, Brian Carney, 734-466-6219; mobile 734-718-6708; [email protected]; www.roushcleantech.com

Blue Bird Bus, John Roselli, 949-677-3990; [email protected]; www.blue-bird.com

Gateway, Bonnie Easha, 412-373-5730 or 412-372-5300; [email protected]


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