Cutting the Ribbon on Metro Taxi’s Public Access Fueling Station for CNG

In September 2011, the Metro Taxi Team along with local and state officials and energy and disability advocates cut the ribbon on Metro Taxi's Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Public Access Fueling Station for all type CNG vehicles.

Since then, through the assistance of Clean Energy Coordinators, and a grant for alternative fuels from Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project (CTCCCFF) funded by the Department of Energy,we've been steadily replacing 110 gasoline-powered taxis with new clean-burning ones; all powered by CNG -- 70 of those vehicles are wheelchair-accessible too.

Working with the U.S. Department of Energy, Metro Taxi seized the opportunity to launch this alternative fuel concept program and engage in two innovative ventures: 1) respond to the need of more than 70,000 Connecticut residents known to have mobility disabilities by providing on-demand, wheelchair –accessible, taxi service; 2) operate these taxi cabs on Compressed Natural Gas, a U.S.-produced alternative fuel with a much lower carbon emission rate and well known for its safety.

To celebrate this forward thinking initiative, we've launched The New Freedom Fund Taxi Voucher Program through a partnership with the City of New Haven's Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities and the Greater New Haven Transit District (GNHTD). This voucher program offers qualified passengers with disabilities a 50% discount on all of our taxi services including Metro Access, our universal and equal access wheelchair-accessible taxi transportation.

Just imagine that in our initial plan, roughly half our combined vehicles, will displace over 500,000 gallons of gasoline per year! That equates to 9,700,000 pounds of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Replacing 110 gasoline taxicabs with new clean-burning CNG cabs will remove over 2500 tons of Green House Gasses annually from the air surrounding the Greater New Haven area of Connecticut.

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This article was first published by Metro Taxi.

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