Feb. 25, 2010
Propane Buses Save Money for Virginia Schools (Text Version)
This is a text version of the video segment Propane Buses Save Money for Virginia Schools, which aired on Feb. 25, 2010.
JOHN DAVIS: Our success story of the week comes from Gloucester, Virginia, where their county school system has added five newly designed Blue Bird buses that run only on propane. With a full load of propane, driving range is comparable to a diesel-fueled bus with a 60-gallon tank. Bus drivers love how quiet the new buses run. Other benefits include lower maintenance costs.
ROGER KELLY: The cost per mile is significantly lower—about 10¢. The price per fuel is over $1 per gallon cheaper.
JOHN DAVIS: With the help of government grants, school officials hope to add five more propane buses next year. Gloucester also uses biodiesel in their remaining bus fleet—all in an effort to provide cleaner air for most-precious cargo.