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HISD Receives $2.1 million grant from Texas Railroad Commission for Propane Buses and Fueling Station

2011 August 30
by HISD Communications

Today, HISD was awarded a $2.1 million grant from the Texas Railroad Commission to pay for 25 propane school buses and an 18,000-gallon fueling station that will allow us to expand the propane fleet. Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter joined us here in Houston for a news conference to announce the grant. I want to, again, thank the commissioner for this generous gift.

The propane buses are part of HISD’s districtwide effort to be good stewards of environmental resources and taxpayer dollars. The buses are more environmentally friendly, generating fewer toxins and other smog-producing emissions than gas and diesel engines. In addition, each bus will save the district approximately $3,000 per year in fuel and maintenance costs. Mark Swackhamer is our senior manager of fleet operations. He and his team in our transportation department have taken significant steps to help preserve the environment. In this video clip, Mark explains that all HISD buses and diesel light-fleet vehicles already run on biodiesel, which is derived from renewable resources such as soybeans.

This morning, we had two of the new propane buses parked out front to show the media. We expect to have all 25 buses on the road by the end of ember.

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