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Blue Bird Range at Indianapolis BusCon

September 19, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alternative Fuel Bus Choices Include CNG and Propane

Blue Bird Bus spread the word this morning that it’s prompting its full line of small and medium sized vehicles, including propane and new compressed natural gas models, at BusCon 2016, which kicks off today in Indianapolis. updated with BusCon 2016 photo on September 22
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CleanFuel USA Touts Cook-Illinois Propane

July 26, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘For the First Time Ever, Has Not Purchased Any Diesel Buses’

CleanFuel USA is talking up the recent order of 50 propane autogas-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses from Thomas Built by the Chicago-area operator Cook-Illinois, noting that the vehicles have CleanFuel USA LPI/liquid propane injection fuel systems.
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Roush Propane for Indiana School Buses

January 25, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Eleven for Warren Township, Largest Fleet in the State

Roush CleanTech is talking up the largest propane autogas-powered school bus deployment in the state of Indiana, as the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, just east of Indianapolis, is deploying 11 Blue Bird Propane Vision buses with dedicated-propane Roush fuel systems, this month.
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Roush Propane for Illinois School Buses

December 18, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Olympia School District Converts One Third of Fleet

Roush CleanTech has now supplied 100% propane autogas fuel systems for a dozen Blue Bird buses operated by the Olympia Community Unit #16 School District in Stanford, Ill., near Peoria.
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Hammond Testing Propane in Canada

September 4, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Pilot Project’ of 20 Roush-Powered Blue Birds North of Toronto

Ontario’s Hammond Transportation is testing Roush CleanTech-powered, propane autogas-fueled Type C Blue Bird Vision school buses. updated with new photo on September 8
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Roush Propane Bus = Huge School Savings

August 18, 2015 in Fleet Order, milestones, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Back-to-School Boost as Broward Saves More Than Expected
And DeKalb & Morgantown Schools Test the Clean Fuel Waters

Florida’s Broward County Public Schools got back the extra money it invested in propane autogas-fueled Blue Bird buses far more quickly than had been expected, says fuel system provider Roush CleanTech.
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Blue Bird Bus Is Now a Public Company

February 27, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Claims Overwhelming Lead in Alternative Fuel School Buses

Blue Bird Bus is now a public company, trading under the Nasdaq symbol BLBD. Hennessy Capital Acquisition says it took Blue Bus public via its acquisition of School Bus Holdings, Inc., “which, through its subsidiaries, conducts its business under the ‘Blue Bird’ name,” from The Traxis Group, which is majority-owned by funds affiliated with Cerberus Capital Management.

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Southland for 101 Blue Bird Propanes

September 23, 2014 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.
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Propane Propagates by Saving Money

July 21, 2014 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.
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Propane Blue Birds for Wisconsin Schools

July 1, 2014 in Fleet Order, Infrastructure, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lamers Bus Lines and Badger Bus Add Roush-Powered Vision Vehicles

Blue Bird Bus is promoting deployment for this coming academic year of school buses powered by propane autogas in Wisconsin. There, Lamers Bus Lines has added 41 new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, “expanding its impressive propane fleet to 59 units,” while Badger Bus is set to receive 16 new Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, expanding its total propane fleet to 20.
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Broward Blue Birds: 98 Propane Buses

April 7, 2014 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Purchase Is Nation’s Largest Single Propane Autogas Order by a School District’

Florida’s Broward County Public Schools has purchased 98 Blue Bird buses with dedicated-propane autogas fuel systems by Roush CleanTech. The buy represents “the nation’s largest single order of autogas fueled buses by a school district,” states a release by Blue Bird, Roush and Florida Transportation Systems.
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Blue Bird Propane for Canada & Chicago

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.
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Propane Blue Bird Bus Burns

August 20, 2013 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Bus Fire Originated in Area of Left Front Wheel End Assembly,’
Fuel System and Tanks Safety Features ‘Performed as Designed’

Fire destroyed a new dedicated-propane autogas school bus outside Chattanooga on Sunday. Despite some initial reports, “the propane autogas fuel tanks were not compromised in the fire,” according to a statement from Blue Bird Bus.

Blue Bird says it was notified on Monday of the fire in East Ridge, Tenn. that consumed a new bus that was enroute to a dealer.

contributed photo © Chattanooga Times Free Press

contributed photo © Chattanooga Times Free Press

Blue Bird says it “immediately transported the bus to its facility in Fort Valley, Georgia, to complete a thorough investigation. An independent fire investigator concluded that the fire likely originated in the left front wheel end area.

“The preliminary review indicates friction in the wheel end area likely caused the fire,” Blue Bird said Tuesday. “Additional analysis will be conducted to confirm this theory.

The Tires Blew, Not the Fuel Tank

“Initial reports indicated witnesses reported hearing two ‘explosions’ at the scene, which was confirmed to be the sound of the front tires rupturing from the heat of the fire.

“Our findings conclude that this was an isolated event.”

Blue Bird said further, “The investigator confirmed that the multiple safety features in the propane autogas system and fuel tanks performed as designed. As a result of these safeguards, the propane autogas fuel tanks were not compromised in the fire.

“The safety record of Blue Bird propane autogas in school buses is outstanding,” the statement continued. “There have been no propane- related injuries with any of our school buses. There are over 21 million propane-fueled vehicles on the road that travel hundreds of millions of miles a year, and propane has proven to be a safe and efficient fuel.”

Propane autogas-fueled Blue Bird buses have dedicated-propane fuel systems by Roush CleanTech.


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Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press and Blue Bird Bus with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Mesa Saving 37.7¢ Per Propane Mile

June 4, 2013 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Blue Bird Reports More Sales of Roush-Powered Vision Buses

The Mesa Public Schools organization in Arizona has added 61 more propane autogas buses to its fleet, reports Blue Bird Bus. “The school district’s goal is to operate the first all-propane-autogas school bus fleet in the nation,” the manufacturer says.
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Roush Blue Birds for Tippecanoe Schools

May 28, 2013 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pilot Program Alone Has Already Saved $10,000 in Fuel Costs

The Lafayette, Ind.-based Tippecanoe School Corp has saved more than $10,000 on just five propane autogas school buses, the Propane Education & Research Council reports, noting that TSC serves 19 schools covering 465 square miles and owns 160 buses transporting some 12,000 students daily, accumulating a million miles of travel per school year.
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More Propane-Fuel Blue Birds for STA

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

110 Roush-Powered Buses for Pennsylvania, as the Pace Picks Up

Student Transportation of America has orders for 110 propane autogas-fueled Blue Bird school buses for Pennsylvania, adding to recent word of more than 400 propane buses in Nebraska. And, STA predicts more to come.
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Bozeman Blue Birds on Propane

February 1, 2013 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First Student Gets the Nod from Montana School Board

First Student has placed an order with Blue Bird Bus for 47-propane-fueled vehicles on behalf of Montana’s Bozeman Public Schools, marking the first placement of propane-fueled Blue Bird buses in the state.
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