White Plains students go green on way to school

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White Plains students will be “going green” on their way to school this year.

Five new, all-electric buses are transporting some students to each of the city’s five elementary schools starting with the first day of classes. "Very cool! I thought it was going to be a regular bus until I got on," says fifth grader Julessa Cruz.

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School officials say the buses run on electricity-fueled batteries and do not produce tailpipe fumes. They say the buses will be charged each night and can drive about 75 miles on a charge.  "On a day like today you can really appreciate the air conditioning and the safety aspect and our hope is that moving forward there will be more electric school busses on the road and more safety features and comfort features for our children," says White Plains School Superintendent Joseph Ricca.
White Plains is the first school district in New York state to have these all electric buses.
The all-electric buses cost about $380,000 compared to traditional buses that are around $100,000.

Con Edison and bus contractor National Express are sharing the costs of paying for the five buses.

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