Air district bus program closes March 14

San Joaquin Valley school districts have until March 14 to apply for funding to help replace their polluting buses with newer, cleaner models.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control launched its School Bus Incentive Program last April providing school districts with enough money to cover half the cost of each new school bus.

Currently, the program has $3 million available to help replace the oldest and most polluting school buses.

To be eligible, buses must be greater than 14,000 pounds and have a 1993 model engine year or older.

Also, buses must have 75 percent or more of vehicle miles traveled within the air district's eight-county boundary.

Buses that are replaced through the program will be required to be destroyed. Buses will be ranked on a combination of the model year of the engine and annual usage with highest priority given to the oldest model-year engines.

Reimbursement will take place after the new school bus is in service and the old school bus is destroyed and all required documentation is submitted.

Applications and other information can be found online at www.valleyair.org/grants or by calling (559) 230-5800.

Applications are due March 16 and can be faxed to (559) 230-6112 to the attention of Ashley Burrow, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line School Bus Incentives Program or hand delivered to the air district's Fresno office at 1990 E. Gettysburg Ave.