Propane-Fueled School Buses Coming this Spring
November 16, 2012 — The Lafayette Parish School System is acquiring eight new cost-efficient school buses by early this spring. Not only are these new buses more cost-efficient than buses already in the system, they are also environment friendly because they are powered by propane instead of diesel. The District Transportation Director of the Lafayette Parish School System explains why this will help Acadiana in the long run.
"It's a Louisiana product. Of course, crude oil is too. But, it will reduce emissions which is always a good thing and hopefully it'll allow the school board to save money and we can put that money in th eclassroom instead of spending it on school buses."--Bill Samec
Because the schoold board's budget can only allow for eight at this time, not every school will have them by spring. Director Samec says the buses will most likely be distributed based on seniority and how old the current buses are, but nothing is set in stone. Samec says the hope is that the expense of the eight new propane-fueled buses will be payed off within the next two to three years, and allow more propane-fueled buses into Acadiana's school system.