Bloomfield’s Yellow Cab and West Haven’s Metro Taxi – which opened its CNG station on Sept. 26 – are participating in the Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project, which is using $29 million in federal economic recovery grants to install alternative fueling stations throughout the state.
EXORBITANT gasoline prices demand a call to action for America to reduce its dependence on oil. In many Connecticut areas, gasoline costs still hover around $4 per gallon, with little relief in sight.
Yet, we sit on one of the world’s largest sources of energy: natural gas. Since the first oil embargo in 1973, every U.S. president has pledged to reduce dependence on foreign oil. Rather than declining, use has almost doubled, increasing our trade deficit, worsening pollution and making us increasingly vulnerable.
Today, the City of New Haven’s Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities, the Greater New Haven Transit District (GNHTD) along with Metro Taxi in West Haven, jointly launched Connecticut’s first New Freedom Fund Taxi Voucher Program that will benefit people with disabilities.
The New Freedom Fund Taxi Voucher Program will offer passengers with disabilities a 50 percent discount from the normal cab rate. Those people who need wheelchair accessibility will use MetroAccess, the State’s first wheelchair-accessible cab. MetroAccess has an expansive service area so Greater New Haven Transit District passengers will be able to travel beyond current GNHTD boundaries. Since the New Freedom Fund Taxi Voucher Program utilizes taxis, service hours are around-the-clock, 365 days a year, and are not subject to 24 hour prior notice, as required by paratransit booking.
Earlier this afternoon, Clean Energy released financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.
Thanks to a $13.2 million federal grant and backing from an energy company partly owned by T. Boone Pickens, New Haven’s air will soon be a little cleaner. Metro Taxi is replacing 110 of its taxis with vehicles that run on compressed natural gas. Seventy of the new cabs come equipped with extra wide doors and a built-in ramp for wheelchairs.