When your child gets on the school bus this fall, it could be propane that’s powering their ride.
More and more school districts are turning to propane-powered school buses. In fact, according to a map compiled by Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), there are 495 propane autogas school buses on the road in Minnesota and 583 in Wisconsin. That’s 60 districts in this region alone.
Here’s why some districts are making the switch, according to PERC:
They’re quieter. Propane autogas buses aren’t nearly as loud as their diesel-operated counterparts. And less road noise means the driver can concentrate more on the road, translating to a safer ride to school.
They’re cleaner. Diesel exhaust is pretty nasty stuff. Not only does it aggravate asthma, it’s a carcinogen identified by the World Health Organization. And when students cross behind or between parked buses, they often get a face full of it. Propane, on the other hand, is a green fuel that’s safer for kids and the environment.
They’re more cost-effective. Switching to propane-powered buses saves a district money in the long run, as it’s usually cheaper than gasoline. That’s savings the district can use to hire more teachers, invest in technology, or fund special education or extra circular programs, where it’s far more likely to benefit the students.
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