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    More Than 700,000 Students in 47 States Ride Autogas Buses to School

    At the start of this year, more than 12,000 propane
    autogas school buses were in operation at public
    and private school districts across the U.S., an annual
    increase of about 10%, according to figures from the
    Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).
    Propane autogas buses now make up more than 45%
    of all non-diesel school buses used for pupil transportation.
    “First-time adopters of propane autogas school
    buses are converting entire fleets after they see for
    themselves the advantages propane can offer everyone
    involved, from the transportation directors to the bus
    drivers to the students riding the propane buses,” said
    Michael Taylor, PERC director of autogas business
    development. “We expect more districts to turn to
    propane throughout 2017 and beyond as transportation
    directors learn of the lower total cost of ownership,
    cleaner and quieter operation, and better maintenance
    experience that a propane autogas bus fleet can
    offer a district.”

    According to the data, compiled for PERC by
    IHS Polk New Registration figures, propane autogas
    school buses are being implemented on a national
    scale. The buses transport more than 700,000 students
    in 600 districts across 47 states. The data shows six
    states—California, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
    Texas, and Wisconsin—each have more than 500 propane
    autogas buses in operation within their borders.
    Texas, with 2600 buses in operation throughout
    the state, operates more than 20% of all propane
    autogas buses in the country. New York boasts the
    highest number of districts operating on propane,
    with more than 50 districts. Five other states—Illinois,
    Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas—have more
    than 30 districts apiece using propane autogas buses in
    fleets.

    Reprinted with permission from Butane Propane News (BPN).