School District 23 will receive $405,392 in funding for the purchase of three new school buses, as part of a $14 million investment by the Province.
- The Government has invested $14 million for 125 new buses across the Province.
- These new clean diesel buses reduce exhaust particulate emissions by 90 per cent compared to the previous 1994 standard.
- The buses also obtain 30 to 60 per cent better mileage than gasoline-fuelled buses, consequently providing longer service.
- Currently there are approximately 1,200 buses owned and operated by school districts, and another 600 buses operated by bus companies under contract.
“Kelowna will certainly benefit from these new buses. Not only do they burn significantly cleaner, but give the school district more resources to get their students to school safe and sound.”
– Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson
“These new, cleaner-burning diesel buses are just one step in making school commutes as green as possible. There’s also a trial currently underway in the Central Okanagan school district, with 14 buses operating using compressed natural gas.” – Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart
“The improvements in new school buses are extraordinary – 90 per cent fewer emissions, up to 60 per cent better mileage – when you consider 125 new buses around B.C., that’s quite a difference.”
– Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick