School bus replacement grants (2018)

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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.

Awarded grants

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).

Grantee Grant diesel propane Service area
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.