According to Greg Smith, Superintendent of CCISD, the new buses will make possible savings up to $300,000 a year in fuel cost. It is important to highlight that the district only reimburses the schools 20 cents per each dollar. For this reason, initiatives like this one are so relevant. “We had to think outside the box to reduce transportation costs so we could put as much of our financial resources into educating children. The money saved through the new bus program equals about six teaching positions”, the official said.
Regarding the station, it is worth mentioning that is completely automated and has two compressors. So, if some of them have some kind of trouble, the other one can be turned on as the dispensing point can go on fuelling the buses.
What is more, the station is able to fuel the entire CNG school district’s fleet in about four to five hours. Also, the system stops once the buses are full, taking into account safety issues as a priority.
U.S. Representative Pete Olsen, a graduate of Clear Lake High School, visited the station and was impressed with the technical characteristics of the facility. “Natural gas will play a significant role in helping address America’s energy challenges which is why CCISD’s program is so important”, he expressed, according to Galveston Daily News website.