Electric School Buses are Coming to California

Electric School Buses are Coming to California

Thanks to companies like Proterra, electric buses have evolved beyond the prototyping phase of development, and are now being used by municipal transit services in a number of major cities. Soon, they may even be coming to a school district near you.

In Southern California, the South Coast Air Quality Management District recently approved the purchase of 33 electric school buses for $8.8 million in a unanimous decision. The buses offer a range of at least 60 miles per charge, and cost roughly $250,000 each. These zero-emission buses will be distributed to 18 school districts throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.

The purchase was made in conjunction with the statewide low-emission school bus program which has provided nearly $300 million in state and local funds to replace aging school buses in California with new models that run on alternative fuels such as natural gas and electric. Earlier this year, 29 electric school buses were deployed in the Sacramento area as well.

The LA school districts that received the electric buses were chosen based on a number of different criteria, including the local impact of air pollution in the area. Schools in heavily-polluted districts got first pick at the buses, while schools in areas that aren’t as polluted will have to wait for their new buses. Over time, state officials hope that the new low and zero-emission school buses will help to reduce air pollution in Los Angeles, and ultimately improve the health of local students.

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Stay Safe When Sharing the Road With School Buses

Stay Safe When Sharing the Road With School Buses

With summer vacation over and buses hitting the roads again to shuttle kids back to school, here at Las Vegas Bus Sales we thought it might be a good idea to go over some safety tips for sharing the road with school buses.

Safety Starts With Preparedness

When you’re sharing the road with a school bus, you should always be prepared to make sudden stops and turns.

Make sure to give the bus plenty of space; increase your normal following distance significantly, and pay attention to the bus’s turn signals.

When you see a bus unload kids, take your time re-accelerating. Wait to make sure you know exactly where those kids are going before you drive away. You don’t want one of them to make a sudden turn into the street with your foot already on the gas pedal. Give the kids plenty of time to walk to where they need to be, and wait for the bus driver’s signal. The bus driver usually knows where the kids are supposed to be, so they’ll give them enough time to get there with the bus’s stoplights flashing before driving away.

School buses are required to come to a full stop at railroad tracks, so keep that in mind.

You should also remember that school buses tend to travel at slower speeds in the mornings and afternoons, since they’re usually packed with kids.

Keep in mind that the large size of a school bus gives you limited visibility around it.

Follow the bus’s lead: when the stop sign is out and the lights are flashing, stop, whether you are in front of the bus, or driving in opposing traffic.

If you’re at an intersection, it’s best to wait and let the bus make its move first before you drive on.

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