Pocahontas County Schools recently added two new school buses to its fleet – one diesel and one gasoline. The gasoline powered bus is part of a pilot program to see if gasoline buses are more efficient than diesel. Jimmy Ryder, above, poses with the new diesel which he drives on his northern Pocahontas County route and below, Rick McCarty and mechanic Justin Taylor check out the new gasoline bus, which McCarty drives on his Marlinton route. Photos courtesy of Ruth Bland and Stephanie Barkley

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

With 17 buses traveling more than 1,800 miles a day, Pocahontas County Schools’ transportation department knows a thing or two about the abilities of school buses on West Virginia roads.

For the past several years, Pocahontas County Schools has been purchasing new buses and selling old ones to ensure the fleet is at its peak to serve the students.

This year, when it came time to purchase two new buses, director of transportation Ruth Bland said Pocahontas County was selected to participate in a pilot program to implement gasoline powered buses, so she purchased a new diesel and a new gasoline bus for the fleet.

“There are…

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