In 2018, MPCA solicited applications for replacing old diesel school buses (model years 1992-2009). This grant opportunity is part of Minnesota’s Diesel Replacement Program, funded by the Volkswagen Settlement.
Twenty-one Minnesota school districts will replace older diesel school buses with 111 new, cleaner-fuel models using $2,110,000 from the national Volkswagen settlement. About half 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 (27 tons), particulate matter (2 tons), and greenhouse gases (2,748 tons).
|First Student, Inc||$745,000||6||35||Metro: Anoka, Hennepin, Washington|
|Inver Grove School District||$15,000||1||0||Metro: Dakota|
|Metropolitan Transportation Network||$340,000||17||0||Metro: Anoka, Hennepin|
|Minnesota Coaches||$15,000||1||0||Metro: Dakota|
|Monarch Bus Service||$420,000||21||0||Metro: Ramsey|
|North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale||$40,000||2||0||Metro: Ramsey|
|Voigt's School Bus Service||$20,000||1||0||Metro: Anoka|
|Aksamit Transportation, Inc||$200,000||0||10||Non-metro: Todd County|
|Barnesville Bus Company||$15,000||1||0||Non-metro: Clay/Wilkin/Otter Tail|
|Battle Lake Public School||$15,000||1||0||Non-metro: Otter Tail|
|Blackduck Public Schools||$20,000||1||0||Non-metro: Beltrami|
|Crosby-Ironton Transportation||$20,000||0||1||Non-metro: Crow Wing|
|Hinckley-Finlayson Schools||$20,000||1||0||Non-metro: Pine|
|Holdingford ISD 738||$15,000||1||0||Non-metro: Stearns|
|Menahga Public School||$20,000||1||0||Non-metro: Wadena|
|Morris Public Schools||$15,000||1||0||Non-metro: Stevens|
|Palmer Bus Service||$15,000||0||1||Non-metro: Mille Lacs|
|Richards Transportation Service||$40,000||2||0||Non-metro: Clay|
|Steins Bus Service||$40,000||2||0||Non-metro: Clearwater|
|Trobec's Bus Service||$60,000||0||3||Non-metro: Stearns|
|Wrenshall Bus Service||$20,000||0||1||Non-metro: St. Louis|
Closed: Application deadline for these funds was July 19, 2018.
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 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.