The propane autogas bus, which is slated to run a 150-mile-per-day route, will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by over 1,500 pounds and almost 32 pounds of particulate matter each year compared with the diesel bus it replaced. Propane autogas also reduces hydrocarbon emissions and virtually eliminates particulate matter, when compared with conventionally fueled school buses.

"Using propane autogas eliminates the need for costly diesel emissions equipment required on today's new diesel buses," said Brian Carney, group account director for ROUSH CleanTech. "Whether it's one bus or 100, no matter the size of the fleet, school districts are using propane autogas buses to significantly lower operating costs, maintenance costs and emissions."

Valley Wide Cooperative installed an onsite propane autogas fuel station with 500-gallon capacity for the school district. Installing a propane autogas station costs less than any other fueling station, including gasoline and diesel. Grace School District pays only $100 per year for the station.