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Rockford schools hope to switch to propane buses

June 10, 2013

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Public school officials in Rockford are hoping to buy 14 propane-powered school buses to cut down on fuel costs.

Officials with the Rockford School District say they ultimately hope to fully convert the district’s fleet from costly diesel vehicles.

Administrators are also planning to install a propane filling station near the district bus terminal.

The Rockford Register Star (http://bit.ly/13sS2PT ) reports the project will cost about $1 million. Chief Operating Officer Todd Schmidt tells the paper that the change could lead to “huge” savings.

That’s because a gallon of propane will cost the school district about 52 percent less than a gallon of diesel.

Rockford’s school district has about 27,000 students who attend 45 public schools.


Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com

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