Clean Cities: Texas Taxis
Our Success Story this week eyes a hybrid taxi replacement program in San Antonio, Texas. A 2007 city ordinance, filled with incentives, kicked of the voluntary program to replace traditional cabs with gasoline electric hybrids. While the familiar rides like the Crown Vic still ferry most passengers around the Alamo City, thanks to a commitment by several large taxi firms, more than 100 hybrids are already on the road. And program coordinators are keeping the pedal down and hope to see more fuel stingy taxis in the near future.
GARY GILB: As technology changes in the automotive industry, our program will change with those technologies to provide a cleaner vehicle but still provide the transportation needs of our citizens.
Drivers like the fuel economy and cost savings hybrids offer, and passengers enjoy the ride, knowing they too are doing something good for Texas.