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NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named the former general counsel for the Taxi and Limousine Commission to head the agency.
De Blasio said Saturday he is nominating Meera Joshi to head the agency that oversees taxis and car services.
Joshi has worked in city government for more than a decade. She served most recently as general counsel to the taxi commission.
De Blasio said Joshi oversaw initiatives that brought better service to thousands of taxi riders.
She also prosecuted financial injustices against victimized taxi drivers.
Continue reading New York City Mayor Hires Former General Counsel for Taxi and Limousine Commission Head
A train user has described the moment a mother and her disabled daughter were sent back to Watford on the train to get a taxi over to Hemel Hempstead because no one was trained to use the station's stair lift as 'disgusting'.
Cinema worker Chris Morrison was going to visit his girlfriend in London when he saw the distressing incident unfold.
"It was disgusting really," he said. "There was a security guard and another lady that worked there and they basically sent her all the way back to Watford to use the lift there because they weren't trained to use the stair lift.
"I got on the train with them because I was going into London. The mum was crying.
Continue reading 'Disabled? You'll Have to Go to Watford and Get a Taxi From There'
Washington -- The White House is proposing cutting taxes on liquified natural gas to spur the use of the fuel by alternative vehicles, while again calling for hiking the maximum tax break for electric vehicles and other advanced vehicles to $10,000, over the current $7,500.
In the U.S. Treasury's nearly 300-page analysis of the Obama administration's tax proposals as part of its budget, it lays out a series of proposals to boost alternative vehicles. The sweeter tax breaks for EVs and other advanced vehicles would cost $4.8 billion through 2024.
The Treasury Department said the budget would make the credit available to a wider range of technologies and remove the cap placed on the number of vehicles per manufacturer that can receive the credit.
But the bigger tax cut would not apply to luxury vehicles with a sales price of more than $45,000, including the Tesla Model S and the Cadillac ELR. The tax credit for those vehicles would be capped at $7,500.
Continue reading White House: Boost EV Alternative Vehicle Tax Credits to $10,000
Connecticut offers a variety of modes of public transportation across the state. Bus services are available to get you from point A to point B within your home city or between cities. Train and taxi services provide an alternative to driving your own vehicle into the city. There is even a company that offers safe transport after a night out of drinking. Read on for everything you need to know about public transportation in Connecticut.
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Italy has broken new NGV ground by reaching 1,000 natural gas filling stations, the latest being in Udine in the country's far northeast and the other in the far south, in Misilmeri, Sicily. With an NGV population of more than 750,000 vehicles, Italy stands as the dominant NGV nation in Europe and the seventh largest by vehicle numbers worldwide.
According to data of the Ministry of Economic Development, as reported byecomotori and confirmed for NGV Global by NGV Italy, in 1997 the natural gas fleet in Italy numbered 260,000 vehicles, while the distribution stations were little more than 270. Today, after a little more than 15 years, the number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has almost tripled and stations quadrupled.
Continue reading Bravo Italy - 1,000 NGV Fueling Stations
Universal Health Care Foundation and our parent organization, the Connecticut Health Advancement and Research Trust (CHART), are proud to announce the next forum in our Reform to Transform series, "Healing Health Care: Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misuse."
As someone who attended the series' successful kick off last October, "Drowning in Health Care Costs: All Hands on Deck," which featured Steven Brill, you won't want to miss this event!
The keynote speaker, Shannon Brownlee, has written extensively on the waste and harm in our current health care system and is a sought-after presenter on these issues at national and international conferences. A senior vice president at the Lown Institute, she is also co-founder of the Right Care Alliance, a group of clinicians, patients and community leaders working to spark change in health care through social activism.
Continue reading Reform to Transform Speaker Series: "Healing Health Care - Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misuse"
As city officials stand firm on sweeping changes to Calgary's taxi industry, a top manager says he also wants to shift to a system where only local residents hold the keys to service.
It's no secret that some individuals hold more than one of the city's 1,526 taxi plates, but what's unclear is how many of them actually call Calgary home.
"There are guys out there that have six licences that are living in a different country, that are not actively participating in the interests of this service in the City of Calgary - that's got to stop," explained Marc Halat, the chief livery officer.
Continue reading City Wants Only Calgary-area Residents to Hold Lucrative Taxi Plates
Seems that Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold is a member of the family behind New Haven's most famous pizzeria, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, and that family members got drawn into the Sochi buzz.
Here's the scoop via Linda Kavanagh of MaxEx Public Relations, and also check out the video of Alex on his win and being congratulated by the Pepe's family from New Haven.
Continue reading New Haven's Pepe Pizza Family Includes Olympic Bronze Medalist Alex Dieold
he Connecticut Department of Transportation is seeking new equipment to convert the fare payment system on its buses and vehicles to use touchless technology.
The new touchless system will use phones, smart cards, mobile ticketing, and secure barcode media instead of the old magnetic stripe swiping technology.
Continue reading CT Transit to Convert to Touchless Fare System
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This is an exceptional company. The driver was ever so prompt and courteous! The cab was sparkling clean inside and out. Nothing but a great experience. You can surmise that the owners put a great deal of thought into their operation.
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As the State of Connecticut digs out from yesterday's Nor'Easter and prepares for more snow, an increased number of people are relying on taxi service due to limited City parking, some uncleared road conditions and limited rail service. At this time, Metro Taxi is experiencing above-average customer call volume. Customer service is a priority for us, so please be assured that we are doing our utmost to accommodate all requests and apologize for any inconvenience or delays during the Nor'Easter clean-up period. Thank you for your patience!
Continue reading Digging Out from Yesterday's Nor-Easter
The state of Washington will soon be home to one of the nation's largest privately funded propane autogas public refueling networks, and the single largest installation of alternative fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.
Eleven 24-hour public refueling stations in the Puget Sound region were funded and spearheaded by Blue Star Gas, a propane fuel supplier, and a member of the Alliance AutoGas clean vehicle conversion and refueling network.
The public propane autogas refueling sites will service the Pacific Northwest's growing population of alternative fuel vehicles.
Continue reading Washington State to Get 11 Public Propane Refueling Stations
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection on Wednesday will announce a new award program for automobile dealers to sell electric cars.
DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee wants the new program to help spur sales of electric vehicles in Connecticut.
The state already has started awarding grants up to $2,000 to building more electric vehicle charging stations. The goal is to have at least one station no more than 15 minutes from any point in the state.
Klee will announce the awards program Wednesday morning at the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association breakfast in New Haven.
Continue reading CT to Announce Electric Vehicle Reward Program
CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2014 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Following its introduction in New York City as the city's newest taxi, Nissan unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show a customized Chicago taxi featuring more content tailored to the unique needs of metropolitan cab service than ever before.
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Chicago has about 7,000 cabs in service, and Nissan wants those who know them best--taxi riders and drivers--to engage in dialogue about what features make for a better taxi experience. The public can share their thoughts through social media such as Twitter or Facebook using #HailYes.
Continue reading Nissan Unveils Customized Chicago NV200 Taxi at Chicago Auto Show
Chicago taxi owners, taxi drivers and the Illinois Transportation Trade Association have filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago over its relaxed approach to so-called ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.
The suit comes a day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed licensing of commercial ride-sharing companies that would impose rules on hiring and training of nonprofessional drivers and inspection of their vehicles. The proposal hit opposition from taxi companies, who say it doesn't go far enough to regulate the emerging car services.
Continue reading Taxi Industry Lawsuit Against City on Ride-sharing Regulation