Ken Leiser of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discusses how the Parkway School District in Missouri is transitioning part of the district’s bus fleet to run on natural gas.
“Parkway schools are set to become the only district in Missouri to use school buses powered by cheaper, cleaner-burning compressed natural gas.
The district is seeking federal funds to convert 30 of its 148 buses to compressed natural gas by 2014, said Will Rosa, Parkway School District’s director of transportation. The district hopes to purchase more of the buses in the future.
“More than anything, they are so much cleaner,” Rosa said. “They’re very green.”
The district hopes the new buses will cut fuel costs by using less-expensive natural gas and relying less on foreign oil. By replacing diesel-powered buses, the district also hopes to reduce air pollutants in the St. Louis region.”