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A new
fleet of buses will roll out as Indianapolis Public Schools begins a new year, providing
safer and more efficient transportation options for our scholars!

 

IPS
proudly serves 28,000 student riders daily; that’s twice as many students as
our largest peer districts. Earlier this year, our Board of School
Commissioners approved the acquisition of 100 propane-fueled school buses.
Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee joined Mayor Joe Hogsett and our
transportation industry partners from Allison Transmission, IMMI and Midwest
Transit Equipment to unveil the first new buses to join our fleet on Friday,
July 15.Propane Buses

 

“This
is a special day,” said Dr. Ferebee. “We’re celebrating cleaner, greener and
safer transportation for our students!”

 

In
addition to a cost savings in maintenance and fuel, these buses are equipped
with three-point seat belts for every student on board. We are the first school
district to make an IC propane-fueled bus purchase of this magnitude, and we
are pleased to make this commitment to improve our transportation services and
enhance our environmentally-friendly practices.

 

These
new buses will replace aging buses from our inventory. Our pre-kindergarten
students will experience the new seat belts, as this allows us to transport
some of our youngest scholars who previously could not ride the bus.

 

“This
is truly a decision that puts the well-being of our children first,” said
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, who also proclaimed July 15, 2016 “IPS 100
Propane Bus Deployment Day” in celebration of this momentous occasion!

 

The
buses will be acquired over the course of a five-year lease; maintenance costs
during the term of the lease will be covered by the vendor at a savings to IPS.
We also look forward to introducing 200 additional propane-fueled buses for the
2017-2018 school year to ensure our entire fleet positions us to offer the
highest-quality service for our students.

 

We’re
thrilled to kick off the new school year with an impressive addition to our
fleet of buses!