Propane-Fueled School Buses Score Top Marks in Calgary


In Canada, Superior Propane has teamed up with Southland Transportation Ltd. to fuel 101 buses serving the Calgary Board of Education – a partnership the companies say has proven to be very beneficial, particularly in recent cold temperatures.

Southland, which operates buses throughout Alberta and in Saskatchewan, says it made the change from diesel-fueled buses in order to increase vehicle efficiency, provide an environmentally cleaner fuel, and improve reliability and engine performance.

With the onset of winter, the benefit of switching to propane fuel for the fleet of buses has been especially clear, according to Tom Jezersek, vice president of Southland Transportation.

“Our Superior Propane-fueled buses start easily in the cold temperatures, which means we can get our passengers reliably to and from school in all temperatures,” states Jezersek. “And because we don't need to use oil pan heaters, our buses are both more reliable and safer for our drivers and our passengers.”

Before the switch to propane, some of Southland's diesel buses had to be filled at off-site filling stations.

“The simple installation of Superior Propane's refueling dispensers in our yard gives drivers a one-stop service infrastructure that makes a major impact on the time spent on bus maintenance,” adds Jezersek. “This has eliminated a time-consuming journey to fill up, saving Southland additional maintenance and fuel costs, while also helping us lower our carbon footprint.”

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