Rose Tree Media School District (RTMSD) in the US State of Pennsylvania has celebrated the acquisition of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) bus fleet with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school bus depot attached to Penncrest High School. According to a US Gas Vehicles report, the ceremony marked the launch of 15 new and 8 retrofitted buses and the fast-fill station that serves them.
In May 2013, Rose Tree Media School District was the recipient of a Natural Gas Vehicle Development Program grant ($499,994) administered by the Department of Environmental Protection to begin upgrading the district’s school bus fleet to natural gas vehicles. These twenty three buses are now in service.
The initial grant was followed in March this year with the awarding of an additional $300,000 from second round funding under the same Program, which will assist RTMSD add a further 12 CNG buses. Once commissioned, almost half of the fleet will be CNG-powered.
“We are the only district in Delaware County to have CNG buses,” said Superintendent Jim Wigo. “Our bus fleet covers a million miles per year and reducing our carbon footprint and our costs is doing what is best for our community and our students.”
The grant program is intended to stimulate demand for natural gas as an alternative to petroleum fuel and to take advantage of the benefits of a cleaner, cheaper, domestic transportation fuel source.
The fast-fill station is owned and operated by RTMSD.