Newport News Public Schools
Adds Clean-Operating, Propane-Fueled Blue Bird School
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.
For more than a decade, Newport News Public Schools
has increased its focus on environmentally friendly
and practical actions that reduce carbon emissions
and ensure energy efficiency.
The purchase of 24 Blue Bird Vision Propane school
buses supports this initiative by reducing nitrogen
oxide emissions by nearly 30,000 pounds and particulate
matter by over 760 pounds each year compared with
the diesel buses being replaced.
Propane autogas is the best choice for Newport
News Public Schools because its economical,
safe, environmentally friendly and offers many bus
maintenance advantages, said Shay Coates,
director of transportation for Newport News Public
Schools. After two years of attending trade
shows, meeting with bus manufacturers, and talking
with colleagues in school districts that operate
alternative fuel buses, we knew this was the direction
we wanted to pursue. The benefits of propane, in
comparison to diesel, made it an easy choice for
the school district.
Currently, Newport News Public Schools pays 45 percent
less for propane per gallon compared with diesel.
Propane also reduces maintenance costs due to its
clean-operating properties, and is the most commonly
used alternative fuel in the world. More than 90
percent of the U.S. propane supply is sourced from
North American reserves, boosting the national economy
and passing savings on to school districts nationwide.
Newport News Public Schools decision
to run propane-powered buses is an environmental
and cost- effective commitment to the Tidewater
areas students and community, said Phil
Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation.
The new propane buses have positively impacted the
schools bus drivers. Rosalind McCauley, an
18-year veteran driver, said the new propane-fueled
buses ride smoother and make less noise, allowing
her to hear the students better. Driver Halle Washington
said that the propane bus is so quiet that at
first I wasnt even sure if it was running.
These propane-fueled buses reduce noise levels by
about half compared to a diesel engine.
Propane-powered school buses o.er tangible
benefits to school districts like Newport News Public
Schools looking for ways to reduce fleet operating
costs while reducing their environmental impact,
said Brian Carney, executive director of school
bus and customer success for ROUSH CleanTech.
Equipped with Ford Motor Companys 6.8L V10
engine, each bus is powered by a ROUSH CleanTech
propane fuel system. The Blue Bird Vision Propane
buses emit 80 percent fewer smog-producing hydrocarbons
and virtually eliminate particulate matter when
compared with diesel. ROUSH CleanTech propane fuel
systems are Environmental Protection Agency and
California Air Resources Board certified. Now in
their fourth generation, Blue Birds Vision
Propane buses have grown in number since their start
20 years ago over 9,500 propane buses have
In 2016, Newport News Public Schools earned platinum
certification through the Virginia School Boards
Associations Green School Challenge for encouraging
environmental policies and practical actions that
reduce carbon emissions and increase environmental
awareness. Newport News Public Schools took delivery
of the Blue Bird Vision Propane school buses in