Parkway e-News Story

New Green Buses Hit the Road

Parkway's brand new school buses are getting quite a bit of attention on the roads.

The new buses are being noticed partly for their green stripes and flat front ends. But the real difference lies in the healthier fuel. These 30 new buses are running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

The benefits of CNG buses include:

  • Fewer air pollutants than diesel fuel
  • Fuel cost savings estimated at $100,000 per year
  • Longer engine life, low maintenance
  • Buses need to be replaced less often
  • Buses run quietly, improving conditions for neighborhoods surrounding Parkway’s transportation center
  • Flat front ends making it easier for bus drivers to see students walking to and from the bus

Parkway purchased the buses and is building a CNG fueling station with a $1.5 million federal highway grant administered by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. We are one of only two districts in the state currently using CNG buses and one of only a few CNG fueling stations in the entire region.

Parkway is celebrating this exciting effort with a CNG Bus Dedication: "A Greener Tomorrow for our Children." The event will be held at Parkway West High School on Thursday, April 3 at 10 a.m.

Parkway owns, operates and maintains its entire fleet of buses which transports students throughout the district every school day.

Parkway’s superintendent and five board members tried out the new buses last month. From left, Bruce Major; Dee Mogerman; Beth Feldman; Chris Jacob; Tom Appelbaum; and Dr. Keith Marty.