School bus replacement grant

School buses in a rowMPCA offered approximately $1.7 million for grants to replace old diesel school buses with new, cleaner diesel, propane, or natural gas models. Funding was divided into two categories based on the location of vehicle operation.

Awarded grants

In all, 22 grant recipients representing 3 school districts and 19 private companies in Minnesota will replace 92 old buses with new propane and “clean diesel” models.

Anticipated emissions reductions from funded projects include 58 tons of nitrogen oxides, 2.4 tons of particulate matter, and 4,014 tons of greenhouse gases.


Grantee Grant diesel propane Service area
Aksamit Transportation $160,000   8 Non-metro: Todd County
Barnesville Bus Company $30,000 2   Non-metro: Clay/Wilkin/Otter Tail
Crosby-Ironton Transportation $45,000   3 Non-metro: Crow Wing
Faribault Transportation $100,000 5   Non-metro: Rice
Harmony Transit $15,000 1   Non-metro: Fillmore
ISD 542 Battle Lake $15,000 1   Non-metro: Otter Tail
Marschall Line $90,000 6   Metro: Dakota
Menahga Public School District 821 $20,000 1   Non-metro: Wadena
Minneapolis & Suburban Bus $120,000 6   Metro: Hennepin
Minnesota Coaches $90,000 6   Metro: Dakota, Washington
Monarch Bus Service $120,000 3 3 Metro: Ramsey, Anoka
NorthStar Bus Lines $200,000 10   Metro: Hennepin
NRHEG Public School District 2168 $30,000 2   Non-metro: Waseca
Olander Bus Service $60,000 4   Non-metro: Becker
Ottertail Coaches $60,000 4   Non-metro: Otter Tail
Ready Bus $30,000 2   Non-metro: Houston, Winona
Rehbein Transit $90,000 6   Metro: Anoka
Stahlke Bus Company $30,000 2   Non-metro: Wright
Steins Bus $60,000 3   Non-metro: Clearwater
Voigt’s Bus $145,000   8 Non-metro: Stearns, Benton: Metro: Anoka
Voyageur Bus $60,000   4 Non-metro: St. Louis
Yaeger Bus $30,000 2   Non-metro: Blue Earth, Nicollet, Le Sueur


This grant round was intended to eliminate cost barriers by providing crucial financial assistance to organizations looking to replace older diesel school buses. The purpose of this grant program is to reduce emissions from older diesel vehicles in Minnesota by replacing them with new, cleaner diesel, or alternative fuel models.