A San Antonio-area school district has debuted new classic-yellow school buses that reportedly are the first in the nation manufactured to run on propane. District officials say the new buses are expected to cut fuel costs at least in half--no small matter, given the soaring cost of fuel.


While many districts across the United States have converted school buses from diesel-run to propane, the new buses are the first to come off the production line propane-ready, said Erin Lake, a spokeswoman for Fort Valley, Ga.-based Blue Bird Corp., the buses' manufacturer.


The 16 propane-fueled buses are cheaper and cleaner than traditional diesel

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