Texas school transport officials learn the benefits of Autogas buses

The Texas Association of Pupil Transportation (TAPT) Expo & Conference took place last week, and was attended by the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT), which took the chance to connect with 750 school transportation officials and educate them on the growing popularity of Autogas school buses.

Schools across the nation are turning to cleaner LPG to power their buses. 840 school districts in 48 states, including Texas have upgraded to greener Autogas school buses. There are over 15,000 Autogas school buses on the country’s roads transporting nearly 1 million students daily. Texas is leading the charge and has more LPG school buses than any other state with 2,870 buses and growing.

New low NOx Autogas school buses produce significantly fewer emissions than modern diesel buses and are up to 75% cleaner than the current emissions standard. Moreover, school districts operating LPG-powered school buses are saving up to 50% on fuel costs when compared to diesel.  The fuel does not just cost less at the pump for school districts, but Autogas school buses have significantly less maintenance than a new diesel bus, which equates to fewer expenses to the district.

In addition to reduced fuel and maintenance expenses, the incremental cost of a new diesel school bus and new Autogas school bus is shrinking. To help school districts with the small upgrade cost, there are many alternative fuel grants available from a multitude of sources from the state and sometimes nationally.

“We are a non-profit. We are here to help districts whether it is providing general education on Autogas school buses or help to find funding for buses,” said Jackie Mason, education & marketing director for the Propane Council of Texas. For more information, please visit this link.

4 July 2018