They’ll Transport Students in Calgary and Medicine Hat
Calgary-based school bus operator Southland Transportation has added 101 autogas-fueled Blue Bird Propane Vision buses to two school bus fleets. Districts in Canada are specifying propane for its cold weather operation, reduced maintenance and low emissions, Blue Bird says.
The new Propane Vision buses will transport students for the Calgary Board of Education and Medicine Hat School District No. 76.
Southland Transportation first started operating Blue Bird Propane Vision buses in 2007. “Propane autogas is the only fueling infrastructure that Southland Transportation permits on its properties,” Blue Bird says.
$500 Annually Per Bus in Maintenance Alone
“Due to the clean-operation and straightforward technology, I would estimate that each propane bus annually saves us about $500 in basic maintenance costs,” Southland VP Tom Jezersek says in the Blue Bird announcement.
“These buses are safe, reliable and immediately start in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius, without the use of oil pan heaters or block heaters, ” Jezersek said.
The new buses were purchased through Kirkman Bus Sales. Fueling is provided by Superior Propane, with skid-mounted tank and dispenser unit. “We install a full in-yard fueling facility,” Superior’s Joe Russo told F&F.
59 More for Calgary, 42 New for Medicine Hat
Southland has added 59 propane-powered school buses to an existing fleet of 32 for Calgary, complementing the school district’s progressive EcoSite initiative. Southland is deploying 42 Propane Vision buses for Medicine Hat.
The Blue Bird Propane Vision has a Ford 6.8-liter engine with a Roush CleanTech system for dedicated propane autogas operation .
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