Gateway School District unveils electric school buses

A Shasta County school district is revealing a new, sustainable way for students to get to school.

Posted: Apr. 12, 2019 11:54 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - A Shasta County school district is revealing a new, sustainable way for students to get to school.

While the main feature of these new buses is that they are electric, they can also be wheelchair accessible and have enhanced safety features inside the bus. 

Gateway is the first school district in this area that has electric school buses. 

Officials said that electric buses are cheaper to operate than diesel buses. 

"Originally it [the switch] was just to get some new buses but as we learned more about electricity, it's actually cheaper to run an electric bus than it is to run a diesel bus," said Mike Young, director of transportation. 

Some of the new safety features inside the bus include seatbelts and cameras. 

So far, the district has two electric buses. One of them is wheelchair accessible, but they are working to include this feature in future buses. 

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