School Bus Fleet

September 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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31 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 • S C H O O L B U S F L E E T "Propane autogas runs so clean that I can swipe my fngers around the edge of a tailpipe on a bus we've been run- ning and there will be absolutely no soot residue on my hand — not even after extreme usage and many miles on the road," Millar adds. Setting an example Blue Bird reports that Florida is one of the company's fastest growing sales regions because of the additional sav- ings schools can real- ize on top of already low fuel and operat- ing costs with pro- pane autogas. "Schools like Broward County and Indian River are making serious envi- ronmental and cost saving investments in their communities and paving the way for other districts to choose this proven, versatile and American-made fuel," Mouw says. Florida Transportation Systems (FTS), the authorized Blue Bird deal- er in Florida, has also played a piv- otal role in promoting the alternative fuel's benefts across the state. FTS op- erates, a website dedicated to helping school bus feets in Florida realize the benefts of switching to propane autogas. According to the site, the state has more than 6,000 buses on the road that are more than 10 years old. FTS esti- mates that school districts in Florida are facing nearly $600 million in expenses over the next few years to replace their feets, and propane is emerging as an effective solution. "This American-made fuel costs less to fuel up and maintain than gasoline or diesel, and propane pro- duces 80% fewer smog-producing emissions compared with diesel- fueled vehicles," Mouw says. "In a state facing unpredictable budget and environmental conditions, pro- pane autogas is a safe bet for com- munities and schools." Michael Taylor, a 22-year veteran of the school trans- portation industry, is director of propane autogas business development at the Propane Education & Research Council. A school bus driver in Florida operates a Blue Bird propane autogas bus. Florida has become one of the top 10 states in the country leading propane school bus de- ployments.

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