Pittsburgh's Yellow Cab trying green fuel
Pittsburgh's Yellow Cab is eying some greener fuel options.
As Yellow Cab Co. prepares to launch its City Cab fleet in March — 15, retro-looking black and white taxis whose exclusive mission will be service takers within a few miles of the Golden Triangle area — it will also be trying out some alternative fuels this year.
Jamie Campolongo, CEO of Pittsburgh Transportation Group, said the company is currently testing a Prius for the City Cab fleet, but described the experience as just “kind of OK."
“We’ll probably look at the Ford Fusion,” he said, estimating the city fleet may end up with about 10 hybrids by the end of 2012.
He's also planning to convert about 75 of Yellow Cab's 325 taxis to run on propane fuel. Right now, the company is waiting for a permit to put a propane tank on its lot on the North Side, so cabbies can fill up there if they chose the propane cabs, which Campolongo assumes some will do because of the lower fuel price.
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