Wood County Schools is trying out something new for its school buses. Wednesday the district unveiled a propane fueled bus from Matheny Motors.
It’s the second propane fueled bus in the state of West Virginia.
Officials say the benefits are enormous as it has a lower demand on tax payer dollars, improves emission performance, lower fuel costs, increased safety and it’s environmentally friendly. This also allows the county to use local fuel rather than foreign oil.
School officials say this is a test pilot for the district and if it goes well, the school anticipates buying more propane fueled buses.
“We’re just in the initial stages right now, we really don’t have the data necessary to evaluate propane as a whole. Wood County by being proactive, we need to take a look at the data over the next year or so and analyze that data and see how that compares to diesel buses today,” says Mike Pickens, Executive Director for the Office of School Transportation for the WV Department of Education.
The propane fueled bus was put into service Wednesday and will be used as a special needs bus for the students.