Grant will help VBISD and Decatur Schools purchase diesel school bus

The Brown City School Bus Purchase Consortium, a collection of 18 local school districts and one intermediate school district, has been awarded a grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Fuel Transformation Program. The consortium, which includes the Van Buren Intermediate School District and Decatur Public Schools, was awarded a grant amount of $1,894,648.50 to help fund the purchase of 44 diesel and 20 propane buses that will assist in removing older model diesel buses and replacing them with much cleaner op-tions. The Decatur schools and the VBISD will each purchase a diesel bus. The Brown City School Bus Purchase Consortium will decommission 64 diesel buses (2009 or older) and replace them with cleaner diesel and propane options. The consortium’s partners’ collective efforts will improve the air quality and health environment for students and community members in each of their districts. “Replacing older, die-sel engines with clean diesel or propane delivers savings for school districts and will also im-prove public health at bus stops, on school grounds, and in communities,” said Jack Schinderle, Director of EGLE’s Materials Management Division. Within the grant requirements districts will receive a 25 percent reimbursement on the new diesel buses. Additionally, the districts must disable a 2009 (or older) diesel bus that is in their current fleet which has met grant minimum re-quirements for mileage and fuel usage. The Fuel Transformation Program Grants are supported with dollars allocated to Michigan from the Volkswagen settlement. The settlement was a result of Volkswagen’s Clean Air Act violations related to the installation of emissions con- trol defeat devices on thousands of diesel en-gine vehicles. As part of the settlement, Michigan was allocated a total of $64.8 million and will use 21.5 percent of that total to replace old diesel school buses.

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