In 2019, MPCA solicited grant applications totaling $580,000 for replacing old diesel school buses (model years 1992-2009) used in Greater Minnesota.
Eighteen entities in Greater Minnesota will replace older diesel school buses with 30 new, cleaner-fuel models using $560,000 from the national Volkswagen settlement. About one-third of the new buses will be powered by propane, the rest by new “clean diesel” technology.
Projects funded by this grant are expected to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (9.7 tons), particulate matter (0.6 tons), and greenhouse gases (783 tons).
|Aksamit Transportation||$160,000||8||Non-metro: Todd|
|Voigt's School Bus Service||$75,000||4||Non-metro: Stearns|
|Sue's Bus Service, Inc||$40,000||2||Non-metro: Mille Lacs|
|Barnesville Bus Company||$30,000||2||Non-metro: Clay, Wilkin, Otter Tail|
|Ogilvie Public School||$20,000||1||Non-metro: Kanabec|
|Benson Public Schools||$20,000||1||Non-metro: Swift|
|Crookston Public Schools||$20,000||1||Non-metro: Polk|
|Faribault Transportation||$20,000||1||Non-metro: Rice|
|Wadena-Deer Creek ISD 2155||$20,000||1||Non-metro: Wadena|
|Menahga Public Schools||$20,000||1||Non-metro: Wadena|
|Pine River-Backus Schools ISD 2174||$20,000||1||Non-metro: Cass|
|Underwood Public Schools ISD 550||$20,000||1||Non-metro: Otter Tail|
|Westbrook Walnut Grove ISD 2898||$20,000||1||Non-metro: Cottonwood|
|Kasson-Mantorville ISD 204||$15,000||1||Non-metro: Dodge|
|Holdingford ISD 738||$15,000||1||Non-metro: Stearns|
|Ready Bus Company||$15,000||1||Non-metro: Houston|
|Yaeger Bus Service||$15,000||1||Non-metro: Blue Earth|
|Osakis Public School||$15,000||1||Non-metro: Douglas|
Closed: Applications were due August 13, 2019
MPCA sought applications from diesel school bus owners from private, public, and nonprofit sectors for this grant opportunity to partially fund 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.