Propane-bus era begins in Gateway School District
By Staff Report
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Gateway school buses are running on propane this year, as part of a six-year contract with Student Transportation of America.
The contract was approved by the school board in April. Gateway was the first school district in Western Pennsylvania and the second district in the state to switch from diesel fuel to propane, said Ronald Ferek, operations coordinator for Student Transportation of America, which is based in Carnegie and Punxsutawney.
The contract is expected to save the district $372,000 this budget season as a result of using propane, in addition to a lower daily rate offered by STA, Gateway Business Director Paul Schott said. And it's safer for the environment, officials said.
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