The five-year project to get the buses up to EPA standards is coming to an end.
The district says all 66 of its buses no longer emit that heavy soot most buses put into the air. Mechanics installed filters on the older buses to catch pollutants before they make it out of the bus. Transportation officials say these filters were a necessity.
“We felt those are going into our kids lungs obviously to protect our students, our staff, and the public,” said Mike Schlosser, Springfield School District Transportation Supervisor.
It costs $7,000 to buy and install one of the filters, but the district says that’s a bargain compared to the $120,000 price-tag of one new bus.