Nov. 12, 2011

Natural Gas School Buses Help Kansas City Save Money (Text Version)

This is a text version of the video segment Natural Gas School Buses Help Kansas City Save Money, which aired on Nov. 12, 2011.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week looks at the Kansas City, Kansas, public schools and their sparkling new fleet of 47 compressed natural gas school buses. Made possible by a Recovery Act grant from the Department of Energy through the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities coalition, the project includes 35 time-fill dispensers with dual hoses and an additional fill area to handle more CNG buses in the future.

Two compressors automatically slow-fill the buses overnight so they're ready to roll in the morning. As the first public schools in the state to run CNG buses, officials hope to be a model for other districts.

GEORGE TAYLOR: That's absolutely what we want to do—is be the forerunner of this and the example for other school districts and other children.

JOHN DAVIS: Federal CNG tax credits will help reduce fuel costs by one-third while displacing some 112,000 gallons of diesel fuel a year. That puts Kansas City, Kansas, in passing gear as the go-green education movement gains speed.

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