27 Propane-Fueled Buses Help School District Save $136,000
Mesa Public Schools saved $136,000 – 32.6 cents a mile – in fuel costs this year with the purchase of 27 propane-fueled school buses at the end of 2011.
The district purchased the $87,636 77-passenger vehicles, built by Blue Bird Corp., from a company called Canyon State Bus Sales in Phoenix.
Mesa is the largest school district in Arizona, with 64,000 students, and has 504 school buses. Its fuel budget for both buses and other district vehicles is $2.8 million this year, said district transportation director Ron Latko.