Along with the main L Street facility, STA revealed plans to build a $3 million second hub on 8.5 acres at 6162 Abbott Drive in north Omaha. The state-of-the-art facility will employ more than 220 people and feature propane tanks on site. Dicon of Omaha is the general contractor on the project. Fuel for the transportation contract is being supplied under a long-term agreement with Sapp Bros. Petroleum Inc. of Omaha.
Blue Bird Corporation manufactured the Propane-Powered Vision buses in Fort Valley, GA and equipped them with ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system technology. A film crew rode the last bus off the production line and made stops across America's heartland to create awareness for propane autogas vehicles.
"The school bus fleets in many American school systems are aging, unsafe and less fuel-efficient than new buses," said Gallagher. "But new vehicles require capital that local districts just don't have. STA is uniquely positioned to assist school districts with the capital and relationships with manufacturers needed to manage fleets of all sizes. We step in to purchase older vehicles and replace them with new, more fuel-efficient fleets."
In addition to the environmental benefits of propane buses, there are economies to be gained with fuel costs over the term of the contract. Gasoline and diesel fuel suppliers are largely reliant upon sources in the volatile Middle East. Propone gas is found in abundance domestically and production is on the rise. Gallagher said these factors should result in long-term fuel cost savings for the Omaha and Millard Public Schools.According to Gallagher, getting children to school safely and on time is STA's goal. He said parents and students in Omaha will immediately notice the brand new fleet and well-trained, friendly drivers. Gallagher said that he expects this contract will be viewed as an example of how STA can help other communities save money that can be best used for classroom education.