FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2008
Alexandria City Public Schools Receives School Bus Retrofit Grant
Grant to Reduce School Bus Emissions
The City of Alexandria has partnered with Alexandria City Public Schools to obtain a grant for $70,000 to retrofit approximately 40 school buses with clean air technology that reduce pollutants emitted by diesel engine school buses. The technology, the Diesel Oxidation Catalyst System, is an Environmental Protection Agency-approved technology that works by breaking down pollutants released into the exhaust stream into less harmful components.
The retrofitted buses are expected to achieve approximately 20 percent reduction in particulate matter emissions, 50 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions, and 40 percent reduction in carbon monoxide emissions.
The School Bus Retrofit Grant program is scheduled to begin later this summer.
For more information about the Retrofit Grant Program, please contact Erica Bannerman, Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, at 703.838.4334 or David Rose, Alexandria City Public Schools, at 703.461.4169.