School district using propane-powered bus

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Associated Press

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 9:02 AM

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Crittenden County school officials say they expect the use of a propane-powered bus to save thousands of dollars a year.

According to WPSD-TV, the school district has been running the bus for the last six months.

The standard diesel bus averages 6.82 miles per gallon while the propane bus averages 4.63 miles per gallon, but it is costing less to fill up. It cost the district $0.55 a mile to run the diesel engine school bus, while the propane-powered bus only costs $0.22 a mile.

District Superintendent Rachel Yarbrough says there's a possible savings of more than $5,000 a year.

"The driver loves the bus," said lead bus mechanic Wayne Winters. "It's faster acceleration than the diesel buses."

The district plans to add two more propane-powered buses to its fleet next month.

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Information from: WPSD-TV, http://www.wpsdlocal6.com

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