U.S. largest fleet of Autogas school buses operates in Atlanta, with over 300 vehicles
With the addition of 121 new buses over the summer, the Fulton County School System now has the largest fleet of LPG-powered school buses of any public-school district in the country. It currently operates 316 Autogas vehicles.
The new vehicles replace aging diesel-fuelled units. “It is fuel efficient. The cost of LPG is cheaper per gallon than diesel,” said Sam Ham, the executive director of the district’s transportation department.
The green fleet was funded through SPLOST (a special-purpose local-option sales tax), which is a financing method for funding capital outlay projects in the U.S. state of Georgia, along with federal and state grants and rebates.
The buses are also equipped with three-point seat belts and are 75% cleaner than current emission standards. An estimated annual maintenance cost savings of $3,000 per bus allows the transportation budget to be reduced by $360,000 so those funds can be put back toward classrooms. For more information, please check this link.
25 September 2019