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Miami-Dade, Broward Rolling Out Eco-Friendly School Buses

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    Just in time for the start of school, Broward and Miami-Dade are rolling out new eco-friendly school buses.

    Just in time for the start of school, Broward and Miami-Dade are rolling out new eco-friendly school buses.

    Drivers will be perfecting their routes with the new buses Friday before the start of school on Monday.

    Carvalho Tests School Buses

    [MI] Carvalho Tests School Buses
    Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took test rides on school buses in preparation for the new school year. NBC 6's Bobby Brooks reports.

    At Northeast High School in Oakland Park, the buses are so quiet when you turn them on you might not even be able to hear them. There are 98 pro-pane fueled buses, the largest type of this kind of purchase for any school district ever.

    But Broward County Schools are not the only one improving their fleet. In Miami-Dade Thursday, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and driver Gwendolyn Tillman took NBC 6 for a ride on one of their 250 new high-efficiency buses.

    The buses are updated with three air conditioning units per bus, are equipped with new safety features and are built with higher seats so the students will be even more safe in case of an accident.

    "This actually stops the movement, it is a safety feature that the seat back are quite elevated," Carvalho said.

    Carvalho also said the buses were bought at no cost to taxpayers. By getting rid of the old buses and high interest rates, the new ones are basically being paid for with those savings.