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KCPS Wins National Green Transportation Award

Two men in business suits stand in front of a glittery green backdrop with the words GO GREEN on stage

Dan Weakley, KCPS Executive Director of Operations, accepted the Medium Public Fleet Green Bus Summit Fleet Award on behalf of the district during the School Transportation News Expo in Reno, Nevada on July 17, 2022. Weakley is pictured here with STN President Tony Corpin. Vincent Rios Creative/STN

Kansas City Public Schools’ efforts to reduce emissions with its propane bus fleet have been recognized with School Transportation News’ Green Bus Summit Fleet Award.

KCPS was one of four school districts nationwide to be recognized at last week’s STN Expo in Reno, Nevada.

“All nominees deserve congratulations for leading the way to a zero-emissions future,” Ryan Gray, editor of STN, said. “It was a tough decision to narrow down the list to just five winners.”

In 2019, KCPS signed a three-year, $60.6 million contract with Student Transportation of America. STA proposed that KCPS switch to propane to reduce emissions and fuel costs, although it would require a significant upfront investment, according to Linda Quinley, KCPS’s then chief financial officer.

“The RFP has been written to ask potential partners to deliver the best possible program for KCPS and our community,” Ms. Quinley said. “Although propane buses cost more, they are easier to maintain and tend to last longer. They provide a quieter and smoother ride for children and drivers.

Not only are propane buses better for the environment, but autogas costs significantly less than other types of fuel — $2.02 per gallon last week compared to $5.16 for diesel.

Thank you to everyone in our transportation department for being good environmental and financial stewards for KCPS and the community!