More natural gas buses for the Jordan School District
WEST JORDAN, UTAH (GOOD 4 UTAH) - The Jordan School Districts buses are going green! This year, the school district is adding seven new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to its fleet. The addition is its part in helping clean up Utah's bad air quality year-round.
"We take air quality very seriously. We've been purchasing alternative school buses now for 15 years," said Herb Jensen, the Director of Transportation for the Jordan School District.
This year the Jordan School District is purchasing seven additional natural gas buses and by July, the district will have a total of 67 CNG School Buses to add to their total fleet of 230.
According to Utah Clean Cities over 50 Percent of Vehicles, including non CNG buses, are responsible for the carbon dioxide emissions in our air. However, with the Jordan School Districts change alone, they have cut down those emissions by 3.6 million pounds per year.
"We're taking a lot of pollution spewing cars off of the roads which we believe we are making a significant difference in the air quality in Salt Lake County," said Jensen.
Not only does natural gas burn a lot cleaner, but it's a cost savings for both the school and tax payers.
"Each of those buses cost about $26,000 more than a diesel bus but we do enjoy a fairly rapid return on our investment in fuel savings. But beyond that, it's the environmentally right thing to do," said Jensen.
The Jordan School District along with other districts in Utah have a no-idle policy for buses which for Jordan District saves 24 minutes per day in emissions and 2 gallons of fuel.