The Board of Aldermen in Shelton, Conn., has approved a five-year, $5.47 million plan that will see 60 propane-powered buses from Blue Bird come into the school fleet starting this summer.
According to coverage in the Shelton Herald, the city will be buying 47 77-passenger, seven 47-passenger and six 30-passenger buses. These vehicles feature liquid propane fuel systems from ROUSH CleanTech.
Right now, Shelton has a school bus service contract with First Student that expires in June, but the city is pursuing an owner-operator model for the propane-bus acquisition. The new service provider – whoever that ends up being – will use Shelton's propane buses within a new contract.
The mayor's office noted that the new buses will be housed and maintained at the city's fleet facility, where new propane autogas refueling infrastructure will also be built. Shelton will likely be pursuing state and federal grant funds to help finance the propane refueling project.
Read the Shelton Herald's full article HERE.