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Propane-bus era begins in Gateway School District

| Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 10:50 a.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Times Express
Students returning to school in the Gateway School District rode to school in buses that are more energy efficient. Gateway's new transportation provider — Student Transportation of America — uses an all-propane fleet of buses.

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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