NKC Schools Upgrades Bus Fleet to CNG
In fall 2016, NKC Schools became the largest school district in the country to transition its school bus fleet to compressed natural gas vehicles. The district entered into a lease-purchase agreement in 2015 to acquire 150 new compressed natural gas buses to replace aging diesel-powered buses. The district has also built a new fueling station to supply CNG to these new vehicles at the transportation hub on Northeast 46th Street.
The energy-efficient buses will provide significant savings over the next decade. The increased fuel economy – 5.6 miles per gallon (diesel) to 8.0 miles per gallon (CNG) – in addition to costs that would have been associated with maintenance of aging, overused buses, will save the district millions of dollars.
The Board of Education approved a 3-year lease of 30 CNG buses, along with a 10-year lease-purchase for the additional CNG buses, fueling truck and infrastructure. After all expenditures, a projected savings of $9,022,508 over a ten-year period is anticipated. With the start of the 2016-2017 school year, NKC Schools' buses are operating with clearner air quality and sound reduction, addressing the district's interest in alternative fuel sources and emphasizing to students a sustainable impact.