And, finally, it is the beginning of the end of suffocating bus trips for the students; so, parents also can breathe easy. The age of pollution-free buses is dawning. School buses will no longer cough and splutter. And, consequently, you also will stop fretting and fuming. That yellow school bus will no longer pull up with smoke billowing out of its garbage can-sized exhaust; and you won’t cough uncontrollably.
Better times are round the corner for school kids. Today’s youth should be picked up by school buses of a greener type and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is doing its part to assist in the clean-up effort.
Just days ago, CARB announced a grant solicitation of $1,000,000 for the development and demonstration of advanced hybrid technologies in school buses. Applicants are required to match CARB’s payout.
Since hybrid buses can “idle” without burning fuel, they can reduce pollution and, way more importantly, won’t harm children who wait outside those glossy yellow tot-haulers.