Clean Cities: Vero Beach, Florida
Our success story this week takes us to Vero Beach, Florida. In 2009, the Indian River county school district became the state’s first to adopt propane powered school buses. Today, 33 bluebird propane buses comprise more than a third of their fleet. Indian River plans to stay with propane for future purchases siting numerous benefits including lower noise, repair, fuel costs, and greenhouse emissions compared to diesel.
GEORGE MILLAR: “Our buses pull into the loading zones…they’re idling there while the students are boarding. So there’s not the pollutants you have with a diesel bus or, you know, some other type of fuel.”
JOHN DAVIS: With an honorable mention by the “100 Best Fleets in America”, and with more propane buses ordered, Indian River continues to work with the central Florida clean cities coalition as a “text book” propane leader on Florida’s “treasure coast”.