Baton Rouge school bus fleet gets replenished

January 25, 2018 by  

Baton Rouge recently received nine new public-school buses powered by diesel, with nine more powered by propane scheduled to arrive within 60 to 90 days.

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is undergoing an effort to replenish the 114 school buses that were lost in August 2016 by the floods. The parish school system has bought 106 new buses since then. This purchase of 18 buses will now bring the fleet to a volume of over 600 buses.

The buses cost about $100,000 for a special education bus and $90,000 for a regular education bus. The first nine buses are being funded by a grant from FEMA that the school system received to cover flood damage to school buses.

The second set of nine buses will be funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of $773,000. The school system received this in 2016 as part of an effort by the EPA to move to more environmental-friendly buses.

Chief of Student Support Services, Gary Reese, added that he is hoping to purchase an additional 40 to 50 buses in the new fiscal year so the size of the fleet can be brought back to pre-flood levels.

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