What Makes Propane The Best Choice for Your Districts School Bus Fleet?

From the sunny shores of California to the chilly Nor’easters of New York, school districts all across the country are finding success with propane autogas school buses. Not only are propane autogas buses reducing emissions and improving the local environment as a result, but they’re also quiet, safe, and have the lowest total cost-of-ownership for districts. Today, more than one million students are transported safely to school and home each day on propane autogas buses and those numbers continue to grow.

Based on the most recent data from the Propane Council, since 2012, propane autogas school bus registrations have increased by more than 700 percent. Now, more than 15,600 propane autogas school buses from 850 school districts and bus contractors in 47 states are on the road every day. Ten states – Texas, California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Minnesota, Florida, and Ohio – have more than 500 propane autogas buses in operation, and districts in 22 of the 25 largest metro areas are now using propane autogas school buses.


Propane autogas buses provide unmatched peace-of-mind for parents. The buses meet rigorous U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and are equipped with an automatic shutoff feature that prevents fuel flow to the engine when it’s not running.

Compared with diesel engines, propane autogas engines are noticeably quieter when operating, which has a big impact on safety.

-Bus drivers are responsible for students’ safety during transportation. A quieter bus allows bus drivers to perform their jobs in a much less chaotic environment.

-Easier to monitor students in the rear of the bus and take quick action in an emergency.

-Easier to concentrate on the road ahead and provide a safe ride to and from school.


Schools can switch to propane autogas buses to protect students from dangerous diesel exhaust, a known carcinogen (capable of causing cancer) identified by the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency.

-The shorter height of younger students puts them face-to-face with a black cloud of diesel smoke every school day.

-Children in wheelchairs are especially vulnerable to inhaling diesel exhaust.

-Propane autogas buses do not aggravate the symptoms of students with asthma or other breathing-related issues.


When a school district switches from diesel buses to propane autogas technology, they’re in a better position to afford what students need most.

-More teachers reduce class sizes for more individualized student attention.

-Everyday classroom supplies — pencils, markers, notebooks — which teachers may otherwise need to buy out-of-pocket.

-Savings can be used to fund special education programs and hire specialist educators.

-Funding for more robust fine arts and athletic programs that increase students’ confidence and provide a well-rounded education.

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The same propane that will power a home’s generator can also power the other major appliances that make life less stressful during a power outage.


With Propane Autogas Buses, you’re not just transporting students between school and home. You’re helping your district save for what counts – teachers, classroom supplies, and more – while reducing emissions and cutting maintenance costs. Just imagine how they could transform your district.

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