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HAMDEN >> Getting a parking ticket may not be at the top of someone's Christmas list but students at Quinnipiac University are turning getting one into a good deed.
The university's Public Safety Department launched "Ticket for a Toy Drive" last month. The fundraiser gave students the opportunity to pay off parking tickets by purchasing new toys for children in need.
It ended last Friday.
"The students were really excited. We had a tree here with all the presents filling the room. I think they really got a sense of doing a good thing," Shanon Grasso, public safety officer said.
Grasso and Pat Polvani, secretary to the chief of public safety, said at least three trucks of toys and $1,200 in gift cards were delivered to the Keefe Community Center.
Continue reading Quinnipiac University's Tickets for Toys a Rousing Success
NEW HAVEN >> Imagine Union Station with more amenities, including local food outlets and retail options with a second garage and eventually nearby residential and commercial development that continues the growth unfolding downtown.
With the help of multiple state and federal grants keyed to transit oriented development, the city unveiled its latest plan for the train station that is growing exponentially in terms of passengers who now include reverse commuters who come to New Haven to work.
"From the city's perspective, it can't just be a garage. It would be very detrimental to the Hill-Downtown plan if we just had a wall of parking along Union Avenue," said Economic Development Administrator Kelly Murphy at the Development Commission meeting Tuesday.
Continue reading New Haven's Union Station Plan Includes Retail, More Parking
What if your car could help prevent blackouts and brownouts when the electric grid is overtaxed during hot summer days?
Such technology might be in our future.
Honda on Thursday announced that it has joined a project at the University of Delaware to study the concept of sending power from vehicles to the electric grid. The project is called the Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Demonstration Project.
Honda, whose U.S. headquarters is in Torrance, is supplying an Accord Plug-In Hybrid for the project. BMW is also participating in the study.
"This technology has the potential to support both a cleaner and more efficient power grid and a more positive ownership experience for EV (electric vehicle) customers," said Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office of American Honda Motor Co. Inc., in a statement.
Continue reading Honda in Study to Use Cars to Supply the Electric Grid
Ending years of acrimony, New York City has agreed to settle a major class-action lawsuit and adopt regulations requiring that half of the city's more than 13,000 yellow cabs be accessible to people with disabilities within six years, a person involved in the negotiations said on Thursday night.
The deal calls for half of all new medallion taxis put into service in any given year to be wheelchair accessible, until the goal of 50 percent of the city's fleet is reached, the person said.
Continue reading New York City Agrees on Access to Taxis for Disabled
Eight states are part of an electric vehicle alliance, but so far their commitment to EVs varies widely. Of course, California gets star billing for its $2,500 rebates, its zero emission mandates, its HOV lane access, and its public-awareness campaigns.
The other states in the compact, all on the East Coast, follow California emission rules, but their dedication to plug-in cars is spotty. The states: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. If press releases and governor's proclamations count, they're very EV-friendly, but actual commitments are few. Connecticut and Massachusetts, for instance, provide nothing to consumers who want to buy a car, though both have charging station incentives. Connecticut just announced funding for 56 public charging stations at 42 locations, but it also let state income-tax relief expire. Maryland does have a $1,000 tax credit for EV customers, and a credit covering up to 20 percent of the cost of a charging station.
New York is trying to figure out how to use $2 million in funding for its ChargeNY program, and is generous with help for businesses that want to try electric trucks.
Continue reading Why Some States Are Selling More Electric Cars Than Others
Ford Motor Company announces that it will add a third crew and more that 2000 jobs at the Kansas City Assembly Plant which builds the best in class and the best-selling F-150. Ford will also start production of the Ford Transit in 2014 at the plant.
Ford, America's truck leader, began production of the 2014 F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas, making Ford the only manufacturer with an available CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup.
The 2014 Ford F-150 with 3.7-liter V6 engine is available with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, and pistons and rings so it can operate on either natural gas or gasoline through separate fuel systems.
Continue reading First CNG-Capable F-150 Rolls Off Assembly Line
WTNH Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Erika Martin says a "really big storm is heading our way" in terms of "heavy downpours": http://wxedge.com/articles/20131125major_travel_delays_are_likely .
Why not simplify your holiday travel by letting Metro Taxi CT take you where you need to go? In addition to urban curbside taxi service,we also offer black car luxury transportation through our affiliate company, Metropolitan Livery. In addition, Metro Taxi's Accessible Service has one of the largest fleets of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs in the United States -- and they are clean-burning taxis powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). We have a dependable and reliable transportation solution for all travel needs.
Continue reading Let Metro Taxi CT Simplify Your Thanksgiving Travel Plans
A Sept. 26 ribbon-cutting at West Haven-based Metro Taxi celebrated the city's first public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. From left to right are State Senator Toni Harp, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Metro Taxi Vice President Isabelle Scalzi, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey, Director of New Haven's Department for Persons with Disabilities Michelle DuPrey, Clean Energy CEO Andrew Littlefair, West Haven Mayor John Picard, Clean Energy Business Development Manager Brian Perrone, Metro Taxi President and CEO Bill Scalzi and Clean Energy Vice President Mark Klein. This event debuted Metro Taxi Accessible Service, the state's first wheelchair-accessible, CNG-powered taxicab. Clean Energy built the CNG station at Metro Taxi's headquarters on 65...
Continue reading Metro Taxi Goes Au Natural
Starting Friday, New Haven is launching a new taxi service in an effort to prevent drunk driving this holiday season.
The Nightlife Taxi Stand will be located in the center of New Haven's entertainment district at the Crown Street Garage, on Crown and College Streets.
The goal of this service is to provide safe transportation for visitors in the area.
"The placement of the taxi stand in the city center, at the heart of New Haven's dining scene, is yet another added convenience for the thousands of diners and visitors to downtown New Haven. More importantly, the service will discourage drunk driving and help keep our streets safe," said New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.
As part of the service, Park New Haven, New Haven's parking authority, will waive the overnight parking fee for patrons that choose to utilize the Nightlife Taxi Stand and leave their cars in the Crown or Temple Street garages overnight. But patrons must pick up their cars by 9:00 a.m. the next morning.
Continue reading New Taxi Stand in Downtown New Haven Exclusively Serviced by Metro Taxi CT
The Fantasy of Lights has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families from all over Connecticut and New England. This bright and colorful light display illuminates Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven for the holiday season. It is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends.
*NEW!* This year we are offering 3D glasses to enhance your Fantasy of Lights experience!! Available at the entrance just $2 a pair!
Continue reading Fantasy of Lights in New Haven, Nov. 22 to Dec. 31
The growth of vehicles running on alternative fuels will accelerate over the next decade, but diesel fuel- and gasoline-powered vehicles will continue to dominate market share, according to "Tomorrow's Vehicles: What Will We Drive in 2023?" a new report released by the Fuels Institute.
For light-duty vehicles (passenger vehicles and light trucks), gasoline-powered vehicles will continue to dominate the market, although overall market share could decline from 93% in 2012 to as low as 82% of vehicle inventories in 2023. Diesel-powered vehicles will potentially comprise nearly 7% of the market while flexible-fuel vehicles capable of using E85 could grow to more than 9% of the market.
Meanwhile, for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (commercial vehicles like trucks and buses), diesel-powered vehicles will prevail, representing at least 94% of the vehicle fleet in 2023.
Continue reading Altnernative Fuel Vehicles Gain Traction in Next 10 Years
Westchester County does not have a single wheelchair-accessible taxicab now in operation to provide spontaneously arranged transportation for people with mobility impairments. That puts the county far behind other states and municipalities in providing this much-needed service. As a society, we have an obligation to provide for all members of our community, not just some.
In our research on behalf of the Westchester Independent Living Center Systems Advocacy Team, we discovered that several major cities and smaller municipalities provide wheelchair-accessible taxicabs for their residents with disabilities. The following major cities provide for wheelchair-accessible taxicabs: New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Even smaller markets provide for wheelchair accessible taxicabs, including Boise, Idaho; Louisville, Ky.; Hartford, Conn.; Columbus, Ohio; Albany; and Newark, N.J.
Continue reading Westchester Needs Wheelchair-Accessible Taxicabs
Taxi drivers who pick up passengers at Reagan National Airport may be facing new fees and their passengers may pay more per trip under a plan that was presented Wednesday to the Finance Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's board of directors.
Under the plan, which would raise about $1 million, cab drivers would pay a permit fee of $100 to operate at the airport, more than double the current $40 charge. In addition, the dispatch fee paid by passengers whose trips originate at Reagan National, would increase to $3 from $2.50. (This is the fee passenger pay when they hop into a cab at the airport). MWAA's CEO Jack Potter said the proposed $60 increase would allow authority officials to recoup costs associated with taxicab service.
Continue reading Taxi Drivers Could Face Higher Fees at Reagan National
"For too long, four-and-a-half out of our five boroughs did not have taxi service," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg today. "And now they do."
Bloomberg was speaking to reporters about one of his favorite pet projects, the borough taxi program, inside a cavernous Williamsburg sound stage partly filled with livery cars that had been painted the program's signature lime green.
Unlike regular livery cars, which can only respond to pre-arranged calls for taxi service, borough taxis can also pick up passengers off the streets in the outer boroughs and upper Manhattan, where yellow taxis are scarce.
Bloomberg first proposed the idea in 2011 and his corporation counsel has spent much of the intervening years defending the program from lawsuits filed by yellow taxi titans, who believe the program infringes on their street-hail exclusivity.
Today, Bloomberg argued that the need for the green taxis is evident in their apparent success.
Continue reading Bloomberg Touts Demand for Borough Taxi's Before a DeBlasio Takeover
Park New Haven, which maintains and manages more than 8,000 public parking spots across seven garages and numerous surface facilities in Downtown New Haven, together with Metro Taxi and the Town Green Special Services District, is pleased to announce the new Nightlife Taxi Stand a the Crown Street Garage in Downtown New Haven.
The new Taxi Stand, is in a centralized location at the Crown Street Garage (on Crown and College Streets) in the middle of New Haven's entertainment district; allowing bar-goers eas access to a safe ride home at the end of their night out. As a part of the new Taxi Stand program, Park New haven is also waiving the fee charged for patrons who choose to take a cab home and leave their cars in the Crown or Temple Street Garages overnight. The overnight fee is waived when the patron picks their car up by 9 a.m. the next day.
Continue reading Nightlife Taxi Stand Launches in Downtown New Haven: Metro Taxi Selected as Exclusive Cab Service at Crown Street Garage Taxi Stand