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Blue Bird’s Propane-Powered Buses Allow Mesa County Valley School District 51 To Go “Green” with Leading School Transportation Provider

Fort Valley, GA. (March 20, 2015) – 92 Blue Bird propane-fueled school buses will now power the youngest and largest ‘green fleet’ of school vehicles in Colorado. Student Transportation of America, Inc. (STA), has been awarded a new $6 million annual contract with Mesa County Valley School District 51 in Grand Junction, Colorado to provide school transportation services.

The five year contract starts in July, and provides for customer paid fuel. The school district was able to qualify for additional incentives, such as the “Innovative Motor Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Credit”, as identified by STA’s Innovation Team. This allowed STA to lower the total cost of the proposal to the school district, since the buses are a qualifying motor vehicle.

“Blue Bird’s proven propane solution will save the district thousands of dollars per year, per bus,” said Trey Jenkins, Vice President of Alternative Fuels for Blue Bird Corporation. “In addition, we are delighted that this district was able to benefit from one of the many incentives that state and local authorities offer to alternative fuel vehicle solutions. We are excited to have Mesa County experience the industry’s best, and most cost-effective, alternative fuel system.”

While this is the first operation in Colorado for STA, they are experienced with other large propane autogas fleets. In 2013, over 400 Blue Bird propane buses were delivered to STA’s operation in Omaha, NE. STA also operates other large fleets in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Meridian, Idaho.

"This is a great bid win for us and we are excited about expanding our operations in Colorado. We will be looking to show other school districts in the state how our public-private partnership can not only upgrade their fleet and improve service, but lower their cost of operation," stated Don Kissell, Senior Vice President at STA. "Our talented team in operations is looking forward to getting started and forging a strong local relationship while drawing upon our years of experience and demonstrating our outstanding culture of compassion, caring and customer service.”

About Student Transportation Inc.

Founded in 1997, STI is North America's third-largest and most progressive provider of school bus transportation services, operating more than 12,000 vehicles. STI's family of local companies delivers safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation solutions to school districts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Services are delivered by drivers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, terminal managers and others who are caring members of their local communities. For more information, please visit


Posted on 2015-03-20

As a Blue Bird customer for over 25 years, our district has a solid Blue Bird fleet of the Vision, All American and Micro Bird buses. We choose to standardize our fleet to solely Blue Bird because of the quality of the buses. Our Blue Bird school buses are dependable, our drivers love driving the buses and we receive excellent parts and service support from Blue Bird and our local dealer, New York Bus Sales.
Fred Paye
Director of Transportation
Hilton Central School District
Hilton, NY

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