School district in Missouri acquires new Autogas buses, under $1-million replacement plan

The Missouri Propane Education & Research Council (MOPERC) has awarded Liberty Public Schools an aid of $20,000 for the purchase of new Blue Bird Autogas school buses. The emissions- and cost-reducing LPG vehicles, which were delivered in January, are already servicing the district’s daily and activity routes. Liberty Public Schools is also in the process of installing an on-site Autogas station with an 18,000-gallon tank.

“By choosing LPG buses, we are seeing dramatic cost savings. Money saved in transportation becomes available for other education expenses related to the classroom,” said Jeff Baird, transportation director for Liberty Public Schools. “Taking care of our students’ needs is top priority because they’ve sacrificed so much during the pandemic, and our new buses help us do that.”

“There are now more than 300 LPG school buses operating in Missouri. Liberty Public Schools joins other districts across the state not only experiencing the economic benefits, but also improving the health of its students, drivers and community,” said Steve Ahrens, president and CEO of MOPERC. “These buses are clean-operating and eliminate strong-smelling fumes and harmful tailpipe emissions found with diesel buses.”

The rebate presented to the school district is part of MOPERC’s Clean Bus Replacement Plan, which has committed $1 million to help Missouri school districts transition from diesel to LPG buses. The plan offers rebates of $2,000 per bus, up to 10 per district, at the time of delivery. “By helping Liberty Public Schools lower its acquisition cost of these school buses, the district is lowering its transportation operations costs with lower fuel and maintenance costs,” Ahrens added.

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17 March 2021