Green Bus

Green Heat

School districts in some of the colder states are beginning to see a two-fold benefit to installing engine heaters on their buses. Not only do they get the buses warmed up for drivers on cold mornings, but they are decreasing idle time and, in the end, cutting emissions.

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A Brand New Day

It’s good to be ahead of the curve, especially considering from where Marianne Cleary began. She was anxious about her first grant-writing experience as transportation coordinator for North Penn School District in suburban Philadelphia, and her attempt to secure funding to assist in a fleetwide switch to ultra low sulfur diesel fuel — well ahead of an EPA Clean Air Act mandate for end-users in 2007 — and to retrofit older buses with emission reduction technology.

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Filling Alternative?

What to consider before switching to alternative fuels

Diesel doesn’t look like it’s about to climb down from its perch and you’re thinking of turning your fuel system “green.” Hybrids, biodiesel, propane and compressed natural gas all have their benefits, but aside from purchasing new vehicles, what’s it going to take to replace your existing diesel fleet?

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EPA: Greenhouse Gases a Threat to Public Health

On-road vehicles contribute nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions nationwide, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced today, as the feds target wide-scale cuts in emissions through year 2016.

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The Great Divide on Going Green

Some things take time. Whether it be the acceptance of the newest technological widget that promises to make your life easier or a new way to fuel your fleet, opinions can be hard to sway. 

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NJ Study Concludes Tailpipe Emissions Do Not Require Controls

TRENTON, N.J. — As part of the Diesel Retrofit Law of 2005, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) was required to perform a study and a health risk assessment to determine whether in-cabin exposure to diesel exhaust fine particles could be further reduced by the installation of tailpipe emission control technologies.

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GAO Report on Alternative Fuel Transit Buses Cites Higher Costs, Reduced Reliability

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Improving air quality in urban areas, the US General Accounting Office notes, has been a long-standing national objective but achieving it comes at a steep cost to transporters. The GAO published its "Mass Transit Use of Alternative Fuels in Transit Buses" report, confirming what many have said for years: alternative fuels marginally improve air quality but the cost to purchase, operate and maintain those vehicles is lofty.

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