Board of Education explores propane-fueled school buses

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The Frederick County, Maryland Board of Education is looking to bring in more environmentally friendly models of school buses.

At Wednesday’s board meeting, members discussed a grant application to fund the introduction of propane-fueled school buses.

The interest comes after the state of Maryland received more than $75 million from the Environmental Mitigation Trust set up after the fall out of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

Officials say the environmental impact, and cost of upkeep favor a new line of propane-fueled buses. 

“The buses we currently use now are diesel fuel and they omit more pollutants into the environment than propane do. The second thing is, the maintenance on propane buses is extremely less than what it is for diesel buses,” explained president of the Frederick County Board of Education, Brad Young.

Officials expect to draw up a grant proposal and move forward with implementing propane-fueled school buses.

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