By Mary Murphy
Washington State Journal 

Zero-emission school buses on the horizon

Legislature mandates the switch starting in 2027


March 13, 2024

A school bus in La Conner

Ken Stern

SCHOOL BUSES NOW AND IN THE FUTURE - The Washington State Legislature passed a $14 million Zero-Emission School Bus Grant Program last week. One day La Conner Schools diesel-powered buses will be an old reflection grandparents tell of their days in school.

School districts will be required to transition to zero emission school buses under a law recently approved by the state House and Senate.

The bill received numerous amendments after districts voiced concerns over reliability, range and the time allowed to make the switch.

Introduced by Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island, HB 1368 is an effort to not only reduce emissions, but to prioritize the health of children. Six other states have zero-emission school bus transitions already written into law.

"We as a student body are exposed to five to 15 times more air pollution than adults as a result o...

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