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Iowa school districts switching to propane-powered buses

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More school districts in Iowa are using propane to power their buses, which district officials say saves money and reduces emissions.

Six of the nine route buses for the Manson Northwest Webster School District are propane-powered. The district has been adding propane-powered buses over the past seven years.

Though propane buses get fewer miles per gallon than diesel, the former is cheaper per gallon. There is also a federal tax credit of 30 cents per gallon to use propane.

Jeff Hansen is the transportation director for Pocahontas Area Community Schools, which has two propane-powered buses. He says reducing bus emissions was another reason for the switch.

Hansen says one issue with propane is the lower mileage limits how far a bus can be sent.

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