Blue Bird Reports More Sales of Roush-Powered Vision Buses
The Mesa Public Schools organization in Arizona has added 61 more propane autogas buses to its fleet, reports Blue Bird Bus. “The school district’s goal is to operate the first all-propane-autogas school bus fleet in the nation,” the manufacturer says.
Mesa Public Schools has purchased 55 Blue Bird Vision 77-passenger school buses and six 42-passenger wheelchair-accessible buses to increase their propane autogas bus total to 89. The school district — the largest in Arizona — expects to save $4.43 million in operating costs over a five-year period, Blue Bird says.
“We are fortunate to have bond funds for this purchase. But moving forward, the funds for new bus acquisitions will come from the unbelievable fuel savings we experience from our existing propane autogas buses,” Ron Latko, director of transportation for Mesa Public Schools, says in the Blue Bird release. “We are saving 37.7 cents per mile in operating costs; anyone who works with school fleets can appreciate that substantial number.”
‘We Plan to Keep Coming Back for More’
“The Propane-Powered Vision is a smart choice for any school system,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation.
The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision, equipped with a Roush CleanTech propane autogas fuel system and a Ford 6.8-liter engine, meets all Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certifications. It is customizable for up to 78 passengers.
“These propane autogas buses have surpassed our expectations in how smooth and effortless they run and how easy they are to service. The quality and reliability have been outstanding,” Latko said. “We plan to keep coming back for more until we are 100% propane powered.”
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