Propane Autogas School Buses are Bringing Cleaner Air to Alabama Students

Photo courtesy of Blossman Gas.

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Public School Systems (MCPSS) in Alabama, has shown a tremendous commitment to improving air quality for the children in its district by choosing autogas for its school buses. MCPSS placed 10 new 2019 model buses that operate with autogas in service for the 2019-2020 school year and has 30 more autogas buses being built. MCPSS now transports approximately 26,000 total students to and from school daily.

Autogas buses are a preferred alternative fuel solution for school districts, because the fuel is cleaner than both its gasoline and diesel counterparts. The buses also run far quieter, resulting in a safer ride for drivers and students.

With August almost over, kids nationwide are embarking on another school year. As of last year, more than 900,000 students in 48 states ride propane autogas buses to school. Blossman Gas branches service autogas school buses at more than a dozen school districts throughout the southeast, including districts in Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

By the end of the school year, MCPSS will have 172 autogas-fueled school buses in its fleet. Each new autogas bus will displace about 40,000 gallons of diesel and emit 150,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

Branch Manager Chad Chavers at the Blossman Gas location in Mobile added, “Mobile County Public Schools have shown exceptional stewardship with its resources in choosing propane autogas to fuel its buses. They began with the need to [improve] the air quality for the 26,000 students being transported daily. Autogas met that requirement and lowered the cost of the operations of the buses. [MCPSS is] saving on maintenance versus diesel buses and saving on the cost of fuel.”

As school districts continue to look for ways to save money for higher teacher salaries and additional programming opportunities for students, states have become increasingly conscious of the imperative to reduce emissions to improve air quality in their communities. Residents there can look forward to seeing this alternative fuel used in more buses for student transportation.

Pat Mitchell, director of transportation for MCPSS, reported that “Our county school system and Blossman Gas has had a good partnership for quite some time. Blossman has been very accommodating to the needs of MCPSS.”

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