Student Transportation, Inc. Reports Significant Savings in Omaha
Using Roush-Powered Blue Birds, STI Deploys Propane in St. Paul Too
As Washingtonville, N.Y. & Cleveland Schools Also Field Autogas Buses
School districts with 435 propane autogas-fueled Blue Bird school buses in the Omaha area are saving some $5,000 per day, operator Student Transportation, Inc. reports. STI also says that the first of 65 propane-powered Blue Birds, likewise with fuel systems from Roush CleanTech, will be delivered for the St. Paul Public Schools in Minnesota on Wednesday.
Separately, a case study by Blue Bird and Roush points to savings behind the use of 18 propane buses in Washingtonville, N.Y. And, Ohio’s Cleveland Metropolitan School District has fielded 49 propane autogas Blue Birds.
The 435 buses in Nebraska serve the Millard and Omaha public school districts (F&F, July 10, 2013). According to STI, they buses travel between 100 to 150 miles per day for an average of about 50,000 miles each school day. The vehicles and their $5,000-per-day savings were the subject of a Propane Education & Research Council “Straight Talk” video last week (F&F, July 18).
65 Propane Buses for St. Paul
STI said last week that STA, its Student Transportation of America unit, has a new five-year, $4 million-per-year contract with St. Paul Public Schools in Minnesota covering 65 new propane buses and a refurbished facility located in St. Paul.
“The first vehicles in the company’s brand new fleet of clean propane buses are rolling of the assembly line at the Blue Bird plant in Fort Valley, Georgia this week and will arrive in St. Paul next Wednesday, July 23,” says an STI spokeswoman. An open house is being planned for August.
The Washingtonville Central School District in Orange County, N.Y. has 18 propane autogas school buses, and with them is saving some $21,000 per year in fuel – propane costs $1.70 per gallon at present, according to a case study released by Roush CleanTech and Blue Bird, compared with $3.18 per gallon for diesel.
Savings on Oil Changes
WCSD is saving money on oil changes too, says the case study, and was given a propane fueling installation by the local propane provider – “By comparison, a diesel fuel tank replacement for their diesel station costs the school district $100,000,” says the study says.
WCSD has nine more propane-powered Blue Birds on order.
CMSD, Ohio’s Cleveland Metropolitan School District has deployed 225 new buses – 49 of them are propane autogas-fueled Blue Bird Visions.
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Source: Multiple releases with Fleets & Fuels follow-up