Propane Autogas – Conversions and Infrastructure

Propane Road Tour to Deliver 434 School Buses to Omaha Public Schools

July 17, 2013

During Blue Bird's 1,000-mile Propane Road Tour, participants stop in Nashville, Tenn. Individuals in the photo include: John Roselli, Blue Bird Corporation, Carol Armstrong, Blue Bird Corporation, Chuck Harvill, Central States Bus Sales, Inc, Atha Comiskey, executive director/coordinator Middle Tennessee Clean Fuels (Clean Cities), Ginger Raffield, Tennessee Propane Gas Association, and other attendees are representatives from Advanced Propane Inc, Smith County Schools, and Sumner County Schools.
During Blue Bird's 1,000-mile Propane Road Tour, participants stop in Nashville, Tenn. Individuals in the photo include: John Roselli, Blue Bird Corporation, Carol Armstrong, Blue Bird Corporation, Chuck Harvill, Central States Bus Sales, Inc, Atha Comiskey, executive director/coordinator Middle Tennessee Clean Fuels (Clean Cities), Ginger Raffield, Tennessee Propane Gas Association, and other attendees are representatives from Advanced Propane Inc, Smith County Schools, and Sumner County Schools.

Blue Bird, a provider of school buses with a variety of options and configurations, is traveling from Georgia to Nebraska on  its 1,000-mile Propane Road Tour. The program is delivering school buses fueled by propane autogas and raising awareness of the domestically produced alternative transportation fuel. Along the way, Tour participants are stopping at public propane autogas fueling stations to explore the operational savings, environmental benefits, and ease of operation that the propane-powered school buses offer.

Blue Bird is delivering the last of 434 school buses to Student Transportation of America’s (STA) terminal who will be passing them along to Omaha Public Schools. The fuel savings that districts and fleets experience when switching to propane are typically $3,000 to $3,500 per year. STA has purchased over 400 of these propane-powered buses to service Omaha Pubilc Schools.

Specification for the propane autogas, conventional-style Blue Bird Vision bus include:

  • Engine: Ford 6.8L Propane Autogas powered by ROUSH CleanTech Liquid Propane Autogas Fuel System
  • Transmission: Ford 6R140 6-speed automatic
  • Fuel Tank: 67.5-gallon located between the frame rails in rear overhang
  • Capacity: 72 (child) passengers with 77” interior headroom
  • Options include: Black Wheels; Front & Rear Tow Hooks; Tinted Glass; Full Acoustic Headlining; Reflective Front & Rear Bumper; White Roof with Green Bird Logo; Crossing Control Arm; Heated Exterior Mirrors; Air Brakes; Engine Block Heater; Reflective School Bus Sign (Front & Rear); Simultaneous Load Seat Belt-Ready Seats

For more details, visit www.propaneroadtour.com.

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