Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - Trustees for the Brandon School District have voted unanimously in favour of buying four propane buses for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The vote last night was to offset costs for diesel buses when the federally mandated carbon tax goes into effect this fall.
The four buses come at a cost of $545,593.38 (including taxes), and will be funded by the School Bus reserve.
The propane buses actually cost more than the regular diesel-fueled buses, but officials believe using propane power instead of diesel will save about $2400 each year.
"If we use these buses for about ten years, then we'll see our expenses go down," said Brandon School Division chairperson Linda Ross.
Ross says they will review the purchase of these four buses in the future when the discussion to get more buses come up again.
"In a way, this is a trial run for future purchases," said Ross.