About Propane Buses
More than 2,600 buses operating in Texas school districts can choose from a selection of Type A and Type C propane autogas-fueled buses developed by industry-leading manufacturers, including Blue Bird, Collins, Thomas, and now IC. Propane buses provide a safe and smooth ride, with reduced harmful emissions and no black smoke. Buses fueled with propane autogas are crash tested for impact in the side and rear areas, meeting rigorous U.S. FMVSS motor vehicle safety standards.
The propane fuel tank is made of 1/4 inch thick carbon steel — making it 20 times more puncture resistant than a gasoline tank. Propane autogas engines are 50 percent quieter than diesel engines The World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency have identified diesel engine exhaust as a carcinogen, which can cause adverse short- and long-term health effects. With the emergence of alternative fuels like propane autogas, however, the days of exposing our children to a black cloud of diesel exhaust are over. Additionally, propane buses are not subject to anti-idling restrictions due to their low-emissions status.