County officials Tuesday morning said 865 tons of pollutants will be reduced county-wide as more cab drivers change to clean-air vehicles. The switch was made possible by the Airport Taxicab Replacement Program combined with a $4,000 incentive from the Air Pollution Control District.
Officials say swapping out the Crown Victoria for a Prius is currently the best way to improve our air.
“Now nine out of every 10 taxis operating at Lindbergh Field will be alternative-fuel vehicles,” said County Supervisor Greg Cox.
Taxi drivers also say they can now get more bang for their buck.
“The gas savings is very important,” said a local cab owner.
The county says it’s looking for a similar incentive program for cab drivers who missed out on the opportunity and wish to trade in their vehicle.