Chicago's 'Green' Taxi Pilot Program Extended

A Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) pilot program to encourage taxis to use compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of traditional gasoline has been so popular with taxi drivers and passengers that the program is being extended through July, according to an announcement.

The program was launched in August 2011 at both O'Hare and Midway International airports. At O'Hare, approximately 30 CNG cabs are used on a daily basis. Nearly 8,000 trips by CNG cabs were made at O'Hare between August 2011 and December 2011, CDA Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino reported. Midway has experienced similar success, with approximately 20 CNG cabs operating at the airport on a daily basis.

The program gives participating taxis preferential access to O'Hare and Midway terminals by allowing CNG taxis to use the short-trip lanes that typically are used for wheelchair-accessible vehicles. This new process reduces wait times for taxis to pick up fares, Andolino said. ​

This article was first published by Aviation News Today.

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