AQMD Awards $1.4 Million to Desert Sands for Bus Upgrades

News Release


Dec 03

AQMD Awards $1.4 Million to Desert Sands for Bus Upgrades

DIAMOND BAR – This morning, Supervisor John J. Benoit voted with his colleagues on the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board to award $1,356,192 to the Desert Sands Unified School District to replace eight old diesel school buses with new compressed natural gas buses.

“This program will improve school transportation and reduce diesel emissions,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “As a former Desert Sands board member, I appreciate that the district will be able to leverage these funds in a tight budget year to upgrade their fleet of school buses.”

Today’s action is the latest round of funding in the air district’s Lower-Emission School Bus Program.  Funding is provided by $20.6 million from the Carl Moyer Program AB 923 Fund and $1 million from the U.S. EPA Funds in the Lower-Emission School Bus Program Fund and is used to replace buses with pre-1994 two-stroke diesel engines.

Other Riverside County school districts receiving funds include Banning, awarded $169,524 for one CNG bus; Hemet, $339,048 for two CNG buses; and Temecula, $1,356,192 for eight CNG buses.

For more details about the Lower-Emission School Bus Program, please contact the AQMD media office at 909-396-3456 or go to

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