By 2050, an estimated 70% of the global population will be living in urban centers. FastCo reports that this urbanization has massive implications on urban design and infrastructure, posing challenges to authorities and the aging public infrastructure they manage.
One of the most important decisions regarding a bus purchase is the type of fuel to choose. There is a lot of conflicting information out there today...those that say alternative fuels are not worth pursuing, or that diesel is going the way of the dinosaur. The fact of the matter is, each fleet may operate a different fuel type in order to achieve their best total cost of ownership, or TCO.
Propane autogas is one of the fastest-growing markets in the industry, but retailers often have a hard time finding the right place to market this fuel source. Though many fleets nationwide have adopted propane autogas, there is still much room for growth.
More than 300 organizations representing users, retailers, customers, fleet managers, utilities, and producers of clean alternative fuels, including natural gas and propane, have signed a letter urging Congress to reinstate the $0.50/gallon alternative fuels tax credit (AFTC). The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and NGVAmerica helped spearhead the effort.
The self-driving vehicle starts moving as silently as the computer that operates it and the electric battery that powers it. There is none of the hiss that accompanies a train on electrified rails.This transit vehicle runs on rubber tires and pavement as it glides down a test track opened Wednesday by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.
We recently created a three-minute video called “Knock Out NOx in School Buses.” It’s written in easy-to-understand language with animated visuals that explain what nitrogen oxide (NOx) is, how it pertains to the Volkswagen settlement and why propane school buses are a viable solution for the funding.
In an attempt to clear up ambiguities between state and federal law, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation is urging school districts nationwide to only transport students in school buses rather than in vans that do not conform to federal standards for school bus safety.
Gainesville, Fla., has kicked off a three-year project allowing public access to free autonomous shuttles.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has added to its Straight Talk video series, an online collection of videos that let viewers hear directly from the fleet owners and managers who use propane autogas vehicles.
Lap-shoulder belts for students and mobile devices for drivers on school buses were among the topics discussed at the annual gathering of state directors last week.
The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) held its 2017 conference from Nov. 4 to 8 in Columbus.
Blue Bird unveiled two new electric-powered school buses at the STN Tradeshow to nearly 1,000 live attendees and hundreds more on their live news feeds. Blue Bird introduced its all-new Type A Micro Bird G5 electric-powered school bus and then revealed its all-new electric powered Type D chassis which will power its Type D All American rear engine (RE) school bus.
Calls for legislation requiring seat belts on school buses have increased recently. Texas and Nevada signed bills into law requiring lap-shoulder belts (also known as three-point belts) on new school buses (although Texas school districts can opt out due to financial constraints). Meanwhile, lawmakers in many other states have introduced school bus seat belt legislation that hasn’t passed.
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TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County Public Schools can now fuel its growing fleet of propane school buses at its own facility.
The district has installed a new propane fueling station. Previously, the district’s 50 propane school buses were fueled at a county propane filling station. The switch to the new on-site fueling station is expected to save time for the school bus drivers while saving money for the district.
Hillsborough County Public Schools recently ordered an additional 40 propane school buses. The district said that, on average, it is paying 40% to 50% less for propane than for diesel. Also, less maintenance is required on the propane buses, according to Hillsborough.
The district is hoping to capitalize on a grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture. The Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate provides up to $25,000 per natural gas fleet vehicle purchased or leased for a minimum of five years. Florida has earmarked $2.4 million for both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 fiscal years. Applicants can receive up to a total of $250,000 per fiscal year.