(Canton, OH) — Today, Canton City School District debuted four compressed natural gas (CNG) buses at their Summer Programming Fair at Timken High School. The buses were purchased as part of a federal grant received with help from Clean Fuels Ohio.
Connie Dickon, Canton City School District Transportation Supervisor, worked with Clean Fuels Ohio to purchase the buses with money received from an Ohio EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant. The buses, manufactured by Myers Equipment Corp, are the first CNG school buses in Northeast Ohio.
Canton City School District will be fueling the CNG buses at the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) public refueling station. This station opened in early 2012 and was partially funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, a grant also secured with the help of Clean Fuels Ohio.
Prior to receiving the buses, the district estimated each CNG bus will travel more than 19,000 miles each year. Canton retired spare buses and plans on deploying the CNG buses to operate on the four highest mileage routes once integrated into the fleet.
In 2013, Canton City School District installed 21 school bus heaters as part of a U.S. EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program grant secured with help from Clean Fuels Ohio. The heaters, manufactured by Espar, heat the oil prior to starting the engine, allowing the bus to reduce idle time. The emissions reduced from the heater installation qualified the district to receive a one-star certified Ohio Green Fleet award, designated by Clean Fuels Ohio.
“We are proud to have Canton City School District as a partner in reducing school bus emissions throughout the state,” said Clean Fuels Ohio Executive Director Sam Spofforth. “Their commitment to cleaner transportation technologies sets a good example for other schools statewide.”
Clean Fuels Ohio is a statewide nonprofit that strives to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Ohio’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles. Learn more at www.cleanfuelsohio.org