Two Dozen New Blue Birds Are Taking Propane Total to 64
The Leander Independent School District in Texas is adding more propane school buses to its fleet, reporting the August retirement of 20 diesel vehicles “in preparation for the deployment of the new propane models.
“This brings LISD’s total number of propane-fueled buses to 64,” states a release. Twenty of LISD’s new buses rolled out in August, with four more special education buses slated for delivery this month, the district says, noting that it received a TCEQ/Texas Commission on Environmental Quality grant rebating 60% of the purchase price.
The new buses are Blue Bird Vision Propane models, with fuel systems by Roush CleanTech. The buses have 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engines and “will reduce annual nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by over 31,200 pounds and particulate matter emissions by over 635 pounds compared with the diesel buses that were replaced,” LISD says.
‘Also a Good Economic Choice’
“These buses will lead LISD to a brighter future by helping to decrease our carbon footprint,” district transportation director Steve Stripling said in a release.
“Our older diesel buses didn’t run as clean, and it was time to replace them with propane technology that will reduce emissions,” he said.
“In addition to the propane buses being a good environmental choice, they are also a good economic choice,” said Roush executive director of school bus sales and customer support Brian Carney.
73¢ per Gallon
LISD currently pays 73¢ per gallon for propane autogas compared with $1.50 per gallon for diesel. The district received a 50-cent-per-gallon federal tax rebate last year and expects to receive a 36-cent-per-gallon rebate this year.
And, Carney said, “LISD won’t have to spend additional time and money on preventative maintenance that’s needed for newer technology diesel buses. Propane buses eliminate the need for diesel exhaust after-treatment systems and a number of other expensive maintenance items due to the clean-burning property of the fuel.”
‘Safest and Cleanest’
“Our school district is a steward of our environment and seeks the best options for the health and safety of our students and community,” Stripling said. “We constantly look for ways to give our taxpayers a return on their investment, as well as to provide the safest and cleanest burning technology as possible…
“We firmly feel that the purchase of our propane fleet meets this goal.”
Leander ISD is in Cedar Park, north of Austin.
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Source: Leander ISD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up