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Gov. Ducey considers using Volkswagen settlement funds for new school buses

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Governor Doug Ducey aspires to allocate $59 million in settlement funds from the nationwide Volkswagen lawsuit, toward upgrading K-12 school buses.

The Volkswagen lawsuit involved the car company cheating on emissions tests.

The vehicles were equipped with devices programmed to enter low-emission mode during testing but emitted high levels of pollutants while on the road.

Arizona’s share of settlement dollars must be used to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

Ducey believes revamping school buses is a proper way of utilizing the funds.

"Fuel efficiency is always going to be one of the goals when we're making decisions on transportation and vehicles. There's a lot of great new technology coming down the pipeline as well,” he said.

Pima County Schools Superintendent Dustin Williams noted the importance of ensuring the safety of students in and out of school.

“We have a district right now that has 35 dilapidated buses,” Williams said.

Williams is referring to the Sunnyside Unified School District as it relates to the more than 30 ailing buses, which cost about $125,000 each.

But he stressed SUSD is not the only district with worn-out buses.

"There's many districts – TUSD, Amphi, the list goes on. The need is there,” he said.

Ducey noted it’s not a done deal of allocating the $59 million toward new school buses.

A state budget is still in the works. 

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