FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 15, 2016
When the North Kansas City School District introduced a fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) school buses, there was just one unresolved issue — what to do with the old buses? Luckily, the City of Kansas City’s Tow Services Department was eager to help.
Nearly two dozen school buses are being stored at the city’s tow lot, 7750 E. Front St., while NKC Schools sells them to other districts and churches around the country and as far away as Central America. Originally, more than 50 buses were on the KCMO lot.
“The City of Kansas City and more specifically, the tow services department has been wonderful to work with,” said Lon Waterman, NKC Schools director of transportation. “They really did us a huge favor.”
“We were really happy to help,” said Nathan Paré, tow services division manager. “It’s exciting to think about where these buses might go and how they’ll benefit their new owners and, more importantly, their new riders.”
NKC Schools converted to CNG for the 2016-17 school year, the largest single CNG school bus conversion in the United States. Their new fleet of 150 CNG buses provides the district several cost-saving benefits thanks to increased reliability and fuel efficiency. “Again, we’re just glad to have the city’s help as we find our old fleet a new home,” Waterman said.
And the spirit of cooperation between the district and city doesn’t stop there. The city is also working toward an agreement with NKC Schools to use the district’s new state-of-the-art CNG fueling station.
“It certainly benefits the city,” said Sam Swearngin, the city’s superintendent of fleet services. “Having the ability to refuel our CNG vehicles here, rather than across the river, saves time and money.”
For more information, contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala at 816-513-3202 or Michelle Cronk, NKC Schools at 816-321-4414.