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AQMD Approves $34.2 Million to Replace, Clean Up Diesel School Buses

Nov. 2, 2012

The South Coast Air Quality Management District today awarded $32.9 million to help school districts in the Southland purchase clean-burning compressed natural gas and propane buses to replace older diesel school buses in their fleets.

Also today, AQMD awarded an additional $1.3 million to help retrofit diesel school buses with particulate matter (PM) traps to reduce diesel emissions.

“This will help protect the health of our children, their families and their communities,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., chairman of AQMD’s Governing Board.  “Cleaning up school bus fleets continues to be a top priority and today’s funding helps us stay on track with that goal.”

Today’s action provides funding to more than 30 public school districts and private school bus carriers in the Southland to replace 193 pre-1994 diesel school buses with cleaner-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane buses, retrofit 66 existing diesel buses with PM traps and install necessary fueling infrastructure.   

Alternative-fueled buses are substantially cleaner than the older diesel buses they replace.  In addition, these buses emit no diesel soot, which is the source of about 84 percent of all air pollution cancer risk in the region.

Since 2001, AQMD has approved more than $210 million to replace more than 1,000 older diesel school buses with cleaner models and retrofit more than 3,000 newer diesel school buses with particulate traps.

Funding for today’s awards comes from the state’s Carl Moyer Program and AQMD’s Lower-Emission School Bus fund.

School bus replacements

School District/Private Operator

# of CNG buses

Total Funding Award

ABC USD*

2

$351,000

Alhambra USD

1

$175,500

Banning USD

1

$175,500

Bear Valley USD

4

$702,000

Beaumont USD

3

$526,500

Bonita USD

1

$175,500

Chaffey Joint Union High School District

9

$1,579,500

Colton Joint USD

4

$702,000

Cypress School District

2

$351,000

Downey USD

6

$1,053,000

Fullerton School District

16 (Propane)

$2,072,000

Fullerton Joint Union High School District

6

$1,053,000

Huntington Beach Union High School District

3

$526,500

Hemet USD

7

$1,228,500

La Habra City School District

4

$702,000

Lake Elsinore USD

9

$1,579,500

Montebello USD

5

$877,500

Murrieta Valley USD

10

$1,755,000

Newport-Mesa USD

8

$1,404,000

Ocean View School District

8

$1,404,000

Ontario-Montclair School District

11

$1,930,500

Orange USD

3

$526,500

Placentia-Yorba Linda USD

4

$702,000

Pupil Transportation Cooperative

4 (CNG)

5 (Propane)

$1,349,500

Redlands USD

15

$2,632,500

Rialto USD

16

$2,808,000

Rim of the World USD

1

$175,500

Rowland USD

5

$877,500

Temecula Valley USD

5

$877,500

Torrance USD

4

$702,000

Upland USD

6

$1,053,000

Walnut Valley USD

5

$877,500

* Unified School District

School bus PM trap retrofits 

School District/Private Operator

# of PM Traps

Total Funding Award

Azusa USD

1

$20,000

Beaumont USD

1

$20,000

Cypress School District

1

$20,000

La Habra City School District

3

$60,000

Ontario-Montclair School District

5

$100,000

Riverside County Office of Education

1

$20,000

Santa Monica-Malibu USD

7

$140,000

First Student, Inc.

15

$300,000

JFK Transportation

3

$60,000

Pacific Coachways Charter Services

6

$120,000

Tumbleweed Transportation

23

$460,000

In other action today, the Board:

  • Released a solicitation for projects that will replace medium-size diesel trucks with new, battery electric trucks.  These will focus on projects in Boyle Heights, San Bernardino, Ontario and communities surrounding the ports, areas where residents are disproportionately impacted by heavy diesel traffic.  Funding comes from a $1 million grant award from the U.S. EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program; and
  • Approved contracts with Black & Decker and The Greenstation to implement AQMD’s 2013 Lawn Mower Exchange Program to exchange up to 4,000 gas-powered mowers for battery electric models.  Exchange events will be held in spring of 2013.

AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.






This page updated: November 02, 2012
URL: http://www.aqmd.gov/news1/2012/bs110212.htm