Connecticut Schools Moving Toward Propane-powered Buses

Gregory B. Hladky

Propane-powered school buses start up more easily and warm up faster in frigid weather than old diesel models. Their engines run cleaner, cost less to maintain, are quieter and don’t emit as much tailpipe pollution as traditional school buses.

But few Connecticut school districts are making the switch from diesel to propane. Diesel buses get slightly better mileage, according to experts, but propane costs less and there is even a federal subsidy available to help schools cover propane fuel expenses. Municipalities and school districts from Los Angeles to New York City and Boston have propane school vehicles in their fleets.Read More