Sen. Warnock visits Blue Bird to talk electric school buses
FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)– Senator Raphael Warnock stopped by the Blue Bird plant in Fort Valley to talk about the Clean Commutes for Kids Act.
Warnock is a co-sponsor of the legislation that hopes to use $25 billion in the next decade to replace all diesel-fueled school buses with electric buses.
In a study conducted by Georgia State University and the National Bureau for Economic Research, engine maintenance for diesel buses costs Georgia schools around $200 million each year.
Blue Bird says diesel buses get six miles per gallon of gas. With the average school bus traveling 74 miles each day, that brings the total cost of fuel to more than $11,000 each year per bus.
Warnock says the cost for Georgians and the environment will only increase as time passes.
“If we don’t invest now, it’s going to cost us a whole lot more,” the Senator explained. “This is the future. There is a role for private industry as we’re seeing right here, with the Blue Bird Corporation, but there’s also a role for the federal government.”
The legislation will go before Congress in the next few months to decide how soon students could be riding electric school buses to class.
If the Clean Commutes for Kids Act passes, the Environmental Protection Agency will be in charge of distributing grants to local school districts to replace diesel buses.