Tuscaloosa City Schools, a public school district headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Ala., plans to replace most of its aging bus fleet with new vehicles, the majority of which will be powered by propane autogas.
According to a report from The Tuscaloosa News, the city's board of education recently signed off on the purchase of 63 autogas buses and 10 diesel models from Southland International Buses for almost $6 million.
District officials told The Tuscaloosa News that the school system decided to switch to autogas buses because they use ‘cleaner-burning fuel’ and are ‘much quieter’ than diesel buses. Furthermore, the district expects to see significant fuel cost savings with autogas.
The report says the district chose to buy the 10 diesel buses to accommodate long-distance field trips.
The full report is available here.