St. Paul Students Head Back to School on Propane-Powered Buses

Updated: 09/02/2014 10:26 AM
Created: 09/02/2014 5:56 AM

Summer vacation ends Tuesday for most Minnesota and Wisconsin kids as hundreds of districts start school again.

Kids who don’t get a ride with their parents will likely be hopping on a school bus, and St. Paul students will be riding a new environmentally-friendly bus for the first time Tuesday.

A $4 million contract with Student Transportation of America, Inc. is bringing 66 new propane-powered buses to the St. Paul Public School District.

Company officials say the buses are quieter and will emit 60 percent less carbon monoxide than a typical school bus.

The new buses are also warmer, which will be important come wintertime.

“A diesel bus will take up to 30 minutes before full heat comes on, and with a propane vehicle it could be 10-15 minutes, so it’s far better,” Student Transportation of America Vice President Glenn Needler said.

The new buses will also feature onboard cameras and GPS systems.

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