Program For More Alternative Fuel Taxis in Chicago Launched

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago may soon see as many as 120 taxi cabs that run on alternative fuel on the city’s streets.

In a news release, Chicago’s transportation department says it is launching the Drive Clean Taxi program with an organization called CALSTART that’s dedicated to accelerate the growth of clean transportation alternatives.

The program is accepting applications from taxi cab owners and other public passenger vehicle fleets that want to participate in the program and allow them to get vouchers worth as much as $10,000 toward each electric or compressed natural gas vehicle they purchase.

The program is part of a larger Drive Clean Chicago program that is funded through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. Last year, Drive Clean Chicago launched a similar program for trucks.