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

‘Absolutely the First in Ontario,’ Says Hamilton Dealer,
As Blue Bird Notches New Orders in the Chicago Area Too

Blue Bird Bus is celebrating new dedicated propane auto school bus placements, with an order for 33 vehicles for students in Hamilton, Ont. marking a geographic first. Separately, two operators in Illinois are taking 45 new propane autogas buses.

One of 33 propane-fueled Vision school buses via Girardin Blue Bird for Caledonia Transportation – the first such vehicles in Ontario. Dan Petruccelli photo

One of 33 propane-fueled Vision school buses via Girardin Blue Bird for Caledonia Transportation – the first such vehicles in Ontario. Dan Petruccelli photo

The propane-fueled Blue Bird Vision vehicles are “absolutely the first in Ontario,” says Dan Petruccelli of Brantford- and Drummondville-based Girardin Blue Bird.

They’ll be operated by Binbrook-based Caledonia Transportation. Caledonia has installed its own propane fueling capability, Petruccelli says, and will have access to fueling infrastructure used by local transit buses as well.

Propane Buses for Cook-Illinois and Sunrise Transportation

In Illinois, Central States Bus Sales is supplying 20 propane-fueled Blue Bird Vision buses to Cook-Illinois Corp for School District 87 in Berkeley, and 25 buses to Sunrise Transportation for Chicago School District 299.

Cook-Illinois is the largest family-owned and operated school bus contractor in North America and runs more than 2,100 school buses each day, Blue Bird says.

AmeriGas for Fueling

Sunrise Transportation, the manufacturer adds, has a fleet of more 350 buses, and transports approximately 5,000 children on more than 400 routes.

Propane autogas filing provider AmeriGas, the Propane Education and Research Council, and the Chicago Clean Cities Coalition all participated in handover events last week.

“Working together with AmeriGas, the local propane autogas provider, area contractors were outfitted with a turn-key transportation solution that will environmentally and fiscally benefit the school districts, the contractors and the city of Chicago,” Central States Bus Sales Jeff Reitz says in a Blue Bird post. “It’s a win-win solution.”

Winter? No Problem

Greg Bonnett is president and co-founder of Sunrise Transportation.

John Benish, Jr. is chief operating officer for Cook Illinois.

In Canada, Girardin Blue Bird’s Petruccelli told F&F, a rolling demonstration of a propane-fueled Vision bus for school districts, designed to show the fuel’s capability even in winter weather, is to commence this November.

The propane-fueled Blue Bird Vision is powered by 6.8-liter Ford engine outfitted for all-autogas operation by Roush CleanTech. The vehicles are both U.S. EPA- and California Air Resources Board-certified.

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Source: Blue Bird Bus with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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