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Dec 1, 2011 9:47 AM by Andy Koen

Upgrades warm buses on cold days

An effort to reduce air pollution in Colorado Springs has the positive side effect of making school buses warmer for students.

Colorado Springs School District 11 received a regional air quality grant to install fluid heaters in about 90 percent of their buses.

The upgrade cuts the amount of time spent idling and warms the buses faster on cold morning.

"It goes ahead and helps create a quick start for our engines and also for the students when they get on the bus it's warm on the bus," explains District 11 Transportation Director Bill Bair. "It also helps from the stand point of eliminating all the ice on the windows."

The school district received the grant over a year ago and has been updating the fleet since then. Around 4,500 students in D11 ride the bus to school.

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