May 6, 2010

Texas Taxis Go Hybrid (Text Version)

This is a text version of the video segment Texas Taxis Go Hybrid, which aired on May 6, 2010.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week eyes a hybrid-taxi replacement program in San Antonio, Texas. A 2007 city ordinance, filled with incentives, kicked off the voluntary program to replace traditional cabs with gasoline-electric hybrids.

While familiar rides like the Crown Vic still ferry most passengers around the Alamo city, thanks to a commitment by several large taxi firms, more than 100 hybrids are already on the road.

And program coordinators are keeping the pedal down and hope to see more fuel-stingy taxis in the near future.

GARY GILBERT: As technology changes in the automotive industry, our program will change with those technologies to provide a cleaner vehicle but still provide the transportation needs of our citizens

JOHN DAVIS: Drivers like the fuel economy and cost savings hybrids offer, and passengers enjoy the rideā€”knowing they, too, are doing something good for Texas.

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