New money for new school buses in Central Okanagan

Province providing $405,000 for three new buses here.

The wheels of government funding go round and round — all through B.C.’s school districts.

The Central Okanagan School District is getting $405,392 from the province to buy three new school buses as part of a $14 million investment by Victoria to put more school buses on the road in B.C.

“Kelowna will certainly benefit from these new buses,” said Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “Not only do they burn (fuel) significantly cleaner, but they give the school district more resources to get their students to school safe and sound.”

The new buses will be fitted with wheelchair lifts if required and will replace older buses with high mileage.

The new “clean” diesel buses will reduce exhaust particulate emissions by 90 per cent compared to the previous 1994 standard and provide 30 to 60 per cent better mileage than gasoline-fuelled buses, said Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stuart.

He noted that in addition to the new vehicles, there are currently 14 school buses operating here in a pilot project that use compressed natural gas.

The new money from Victoria will pay for a total 127 new buses across B.C.

Currently there are 1,200 school buses owned and operated by school districts in B.C. and another 600 buses operated under contract by private companies.

 

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