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This portion of the Volkswagen settlement partially funds diesel school bus replacement in Greater Minnesota. The grant reduces diesel emissions from older diesel engines to improve air quality and public health by removing older diesel buses and replacing them with new, cleaner buses. Funded projects will reduce diesel emissions in Minnesota and replace a variety of school buses from around the state with buses of various fuel technologies.

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The electric school bus pilot project report presents MPCA's findings after using a portion of the Volkswagen settlement funds to help several school districts purchase electric school buses.

2023 grants

7 new, electric models

GranteeGrantElectricService area
Northstar Bus Lines$1,122,0003Metro: Osseo Area School District
ISD 306$375,0001Non-Metro: County of Hubbard ISD
American Student$1,122,0003Metro: Mounds View School District

2021 grants

92 new, cleaner fuel models

GranteeGrantDieselPropaneService area
Aksamit Transportation$160,000 8Non-metro: Todd
Barnesville Bus Company$30,0002 Non-metro: Clay, Wilkin, Otter Tail
Crosby-Ironton Transportation$45,000 3Non-metro: Crow Wing
Faribault Transportation$100,0005 Non-metro: Rice
Harmony Transit$15,0001 Non-metro: Fillmore
ISD 542 Battle Lake$15,0001 Non-metro: Otter Tail
Marschall Line$90,0006 Metro: Dakota
Menahga Public School District #821$20,0001 Non-metro: Wadena
Minneapolis & Suburban Bus$120,0006 Metro: Hennepin
Minnesota Coaches$90,0006 Metro: Dakota, Washington
Monarch Bus Service$120,00033Metro: Ramsey, Anoka
NorthStar Bus Lines$200,00010 Metro: Hennepin
NRHEG Public School District #2168$30,0002 Non-metro: Waseca
Olander Bus Service$60,0004 Non-metro: Becker
Ottertail Coaches$60,0004 Non-metro: Ottertail
Ready Bus$30,0002 Non-metro: Houston, Winona
Rehbein Transit$90,0006 Metro: Anoka
Stahlke Bus Company$30,0002 Non-metro: Wright
Steins Bus$60,0003 Non-metro: Clearwater
Voigt’s Bus$145,000 8Non-metro: Stearns, Benton Metro: Anoka
Voyageur Bus$60,000 4Non-metro: St. Louis
Yaeger Bus$30,0002 Non-metro: Blue Earth, Nicollet, Le Sueur

2020 grants

8 new, electric models

GranteeGrantElectricService area
Faribault Transportation Services, Inc.$253,9101Non-metro: Faribault Public Schools
Monarch Bus Service$253,9101Metro: St. Paul/Columbia Heights schools
Morris Area School District (ISD 2769)$545,0432Non-metro: Morris Area School District
Northstar Bus Lines LLC$824,8733Metro: Osseo Area School District
Ottertail Coaches Inc.$270,6231Non-metro: Fergus Falls Public Schools

2019 grants

30 new, cleaner-fuel models

GranteeGrantDieselPropaneService area
Aksamit Transportation$160,000 8Non-metro: Todd
Barnesville Bus Company$30,0002 Non-metro: Clay, Wilkin, Otter Tail
Benson Public Schools$20,000 1Non-metro: Swift
Crookston Public Schools$20,0001 Non-metro: Polk
Faribault Transportation$20,0001 Non-metro: Rice
Holdingford ISD 738$15,0001 Non-metro: Stearns
Kasson-Mantorville ISD 204$15,0001 Non-metro: Dodge
Menahga Public Schools$20,0001 Non-metro: Wadena
Ogilvie Public School$20,000 1Non-metro: Kanabec
Osakis Public School$15,000 1Non-metro: Douglas
Pine River-Backus Schools ISD 2174$20,0001 Non-metro: Cass
Ready Bus Company$15,0001 Non-metro: Houston
Sue's Bus Service, Inc$40,0002 Non-metro: Mille Lacs
Underwood Public Schools ISD 550$20,0001 Non-metro: Otter Tail
Voigt's School Bus Service$75,0004 Non-metro: Stearns
Wadena-Deer Creek ISD 2155$20,0001 Non-metro: Wadena
Westbrook Walnut Grove ISD 2898$20,0001 Non-metro: Cottonwood
Yaeger Bus Service$15,0001 Non-metro: Blue Earth

2018 grants

111 new, cleaner fuel models

GranteeGrantDieselPropaneService area
Aksamit Transportation, Inc$200,000010Non-metro: Todd County
Barnesville Bus Company$15,00010Non-metro: Clay/Wilkin/Otter Tail
Battle Lake Public School$15,00010Non-metro: Otter Tail
Blackduck Public Schools$20,00010Non-metro: Beltrami
Crosby-Ironton Transportation$20,00001Non-metro: Crow Wing
First Student, Inc$745,000635Metro: Anoka, Hennepin, Washington
Hinckley-Finlayson Schools$20,00010Non-metro: Pine
Holdingford ISD 738$15,00010Non-metro: Stearns
Inver Grove School District$15,00010Metro: Dakota
Menahga Public School$20,00010Non-metro: Wadena
Metropolitan Transportation Network$340,000170Metro: Anoka, Hennepin
Minnesota Coaches$15,00010Metro: Dakota
Monarch Bus Service$420,000210Metro: Ramsey
Morris Public Schools$15,00010Non-metro: Stevens
North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale$40,00020Metro: Ramsey
Palmer Bus Service$15,00001Non-metro: Mille Lacs
Richards Transportation Service$40,00020Non-metro: Clay
Steins Bus Service$40,00020Non-metro: Clearwater
Trobec's Bus Service$60,00003Non-metro: Stearns
Voigt's School Bus Service$20,00010Metro: Anoka
Wrenshall Bus Service$20,00001Non-metro: St. Louis