With program management and administrative support from Virginia Clean Cities, Gloucester County Public Schools (GCPS) replaced five 16 – 17 year old diesel school buses with propane school buses meeting 2010 emission standards.   This was the first propane bus program in Virginia and it was part of the larger Clean School Bus USA Middle Peninsula Project.
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 Gloucester County Public Schools lifetime emission reductions & fuel savings

   

Total Cost:  $448,836 ($227,481 grant funding)

 

According to GCPS School Board Chairperson, Anne Burruss, "The positive impact on cost savings, morale of both drivers and students, the benefits realized from a safety standpoint are major plusses in our purchase of the propane buses ... As a School Board member, it was and continues to be, a source of great pride in being first in the Commonwealth of Virginia for these vehicles to be in a school bus fleet." 

MARAMA supported this project with a grant from the the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), funding 50 percent of the bus purchase cost plus 100 percent of the cost of  diagnostic equipment and parts to assist in servicing the new propane buses.  Gloucester County Public Schools provided the remaining funding.