Fourth in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Indianapolis Public Schools Has 100 Propane-Powered Buses
“Our fleet was aged. It was getting to the point where it was more costly to keep them maintained than to look at the expense of a new bus,” Indianapolis Public Schools director of transportation Manny Mendez says in Indianapolis Public Schools: Upgrading an Aging Fleet.
It’s the latest in the current series of Straight Talk videos from PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
IndyPS now has 100 propane autogas-powered buses (F&F, August 14, 2016) out of a total fleet of about 150. They provide transport for more than 60 schools and 25,000 students, Mendez says.
‘Propane Autogas Rose to the Top’
“Propane autogas rose to the top when the district searched for solutions to it’s aging diesel buses as a best fit for the students, the district, and the city,” says PERC.
IndyPS considered CNG/compressed natural gas. But according to Mendez, “We didn’t see it as a viable option at the time, so we went with our propane solution.”
The new buses are easier to start on cold mornings and heat up faster, helping keep riders comfortable, PERC says. Drivers say the buses are better because they’re quiet enough to let them hear what students are doing behind them, as well as traffic sounds.
‘A Great Quality Alterative to Diesel’
“The buses are not as noisy as the diesels,” says Mendez. “You don’t get the rattle.”
“They are a great quality alterative to diesel and we’ve had a great experience with our propane buses,” he says in the PERC video.
“Along with these benefits, the district can report both emissions and fuel cost reductions to school boards and taxpayers,” PERC says.
“It is a viable solution,” says Mendez.
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Source: PERC/Propane Education & Research Council with F&F follow-up