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Brewfest Summer 2014

June 10, 2014 MediaYC Cares

The Yellow Cab Company supported the Rising Pint Brew Festival held in East Hartford at Rentschler Field Stadium. Proceeds of the 4th Annual event benefitted the Folds of Honor Foundation. The event was held on May 10 from 1 to 5 pm.  YCC has provided transportation banners for 4 years.

 

Yellow Cab Parking Lot gets a GREEN Boost!

September 4, 2013 AwardsMedia

The Yellow Cab Company took part in a Connecticut Light and Power Energy Savings program in 2013. The company went through an inspection and evaluation of current operational procedures including the lighting of the parking lot.  Older equipment in the parking lot will be replaced with newer, more energy efficient equipment. The move not only improved the operating effiency of the facility, it enhances the bottom line of facility operating costs and it is good for the environment.  The estimated lifetime energy savings impact in terms of dollars ($$$$) by replacing the lighting at the YCC facility is estimated to be over $82,000.00 in addition to eliminating CO2, (a greehouse gas) SO2 and NOx (causes of acid rain).

Before pictures of our Parking Lot:

Yellow Cab Featured in Hartford Courant

February 7, 2012 Media

State’s Oldest Taxi Firm Converting to Compressed Natural Gas — Again

February 06, 2012
By Janice Posada, The Hartford Courant

BLOOMFIELD — Driving a taxi powered by compressed natural gas not only cuts fuel consumption but for at least one driver, it may reduce aspirin intake.When Marco Henry, owner of The Yellow Cab Co. in Bloomfield, recently began replacing the company’s entire fleet of gasoline-powered taxis with new CNG-powered vehicles, a longtime driver told Henry the switch had eliminated his need to pop four or five aspirins a day.”He thought it was because he wasn’t breathing carbon monoxide fumes all day,” said Henry, who bought Yellow Cab, the state’s oldest taxicab company, in 1991 after selling the Springfield, Mass. cab company he had owned and operated since 1981.

Driving a compressed natural gas taxi may or may or may not reduce driver headaches (we’ll leave that one to researchers) but according to experts, CNG vehicles emit 30 percent to 40 percent less greenhouse gases. While their upfront costs are higher — they are usually priced at 25 to 30 percent higher than similar gas-powered vehicles, they are, in the long run, cheaper to operate.

“They require less maintenance and fewer oil changes,” Henry said. The fuel costs for a CNG-powered vehicle are currently the equivalent of $2.90 per gallon. Cab drivers, who lease their vehicles from the company and pay for their own fuel, save $100 to $250 a week at the pump, Henry said.

Yellow Cab, which was founded in 1898 — when the term horsepower referred to the actual number of horses pulling the hackney — may be the first taxi company in the United States whose entire fleet is powered by compressed natural gas.

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Yellow Cab Company of Bloomfield Featured in Windsor Journal

December 16, 2011 Media

The first taxi operation in Connecticut is again expanding the envelop of its industry!

December 15, 2012
By Paula Pierce, The Windsor Journal

The Yellow Cab Company, a Hartford business that traces its origin in 1878, is in the process of “greening” its fleet, a course other cab companies around the country are only now starting to contemplate.

The company is replacing its 107 taxis with a new breed of mass transportation vehicles that use natural gas instead of diesel, in a project that political leaders around the state hailed last week as both economically far-sighted and socially responsible – a rare combination in business.

“Why are you doing it?” we asked on Thursday the president of the company, Marco Henry.

“We want to reduce pollution, but it also makes sense money-wise to do so,” he answered. “The natural gas is a lot cleaner, the cars last longer operating with it, their maintenance is less, and the cost of fuel is less for the driver.”

In fact, according to calculations, taxi drivers will be paying about $2.63 for natural gas equivalent to a gallon of diesel, saving almost a dollar per gallon – and summer is not here yet, when gas prices start rising.

So, why haven’t all taxi companies converted to natural gas? we asked.

“We tried before, in 1998,” Henry explained. “The problem then was that we didn’t have the infrastructure. It’s a chicken-and-egg situation – which comes first. You need consumers, and you need the providers and it’s tough sometimes to do it at the same time.”

The difference, this time around, was Clean Energy, a T. Boon Pikkens company. Pikkens is staunch in his support of natural gas, and he is gradually convincing the industry and the political leadership to support him in putting the infrastructure in place. The company has already built eight natural gas stations around Connecticut, one of them on the lot of Yellow Cab’s facility in Bloomfield. The aim is mainly to provide taxis with fuel, but the station will also be ready to service anybody with a similar car.

“We had a couple of phone calls asking us when we open, because they had a couple of CNG cars, and they want a place to fill up – until now the only place would be Brainard Road in Hartford,” said Sean LaChapelle, general manager of Yellow Cab.

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Grand Opening a Great Success

December 9, 2011 Media

A ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked off a historic afternoon at The Yellow Cab Company’s Bloomfield headquarters. The December 9, 2011 event helped celebrate Hartford County’s first public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, built and operated by Clean Energy.

On hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Congressman John Larson; Senator Richard Blumenthal; Bloomfield Mayor Sydney Sheldon; CT House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey; Tony Guererra, Connecticut House Representative and Co-Chair of the Transportation Committee and Mike Scarpino, Clean Cities Regional Manager, U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory along with Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project (CTCCFF) visionaries and taxi OEM partners.

The new fuel station will serve anyone in the public operating a CNG vehicle. By year’s end, The Yellow Cab Company will deploy 110 new CNG taxis as part of this ambitious project.

“As the price of gasoline continues to hover above $3 per gallon throughout our state, I want to congratulate Yellow Cab for their progressive decision to embrace natural gas as an alternative fuel for their fleet,” Congressman Larson said. “Natural gas is affordable, abundant and American and could hold the key to http://www.canadianpharmacy365.net/product/viagra/. I am very excited to see another fueling station open up in our state and look forward to more companies following the lead of Yellow Cab and taking a serious look at natural gas in the future.”

Bloomfield Natural Gas Station to Open Friday

December 8, 2011 Media

December 7, 2011
By Brad Kane, Hartford Business Journal

Hartford County’s first publicly accessible compressed natural gas fueling station for cars and trucks will open in Bloomfield at 2 p.m. Friday.

The Yellow Cab Co. will open the CNG station to the public at its headquarters at 86 Granby St. in Bloomfield.

The station primarily will serve the cab company’s fleet of 110 taxis powered by natural gas. The station will be available to anyone who has a CNG car. Honda recently decided to start selling its natural gas powered Civic in Connecticut.

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Wheelchair-Accessible Cabs to be Deployed, but Advocates Still Fighting

November 30, 2011 Media

November 30, 2011
by Arielle Levin Becker, The Connecticut Mirror

They’re big (5,200 pounds), bright (yellow or orange-striped) and, in the coming weeks, will be navigating the streets of Connecticut. The new wheelchair-accessible cabs that are expected to soon be on the roads in the Hartford and New Haven areas will dramatically increase the on-demand transportation options for people who use wheelchairs.

Besides a handful of wheelchair-accessible taxis that operate in some parts of the state, people in wheelchairs who don’t have their own vehicles have few flexible public transportation options. Paratransit services provide rides to people with disabilities, but typically only go within ¾ of a mile of a bus route. Dial-a-ride services can take people to more locations, but usually only if they’re booked at least a day in advance, and they often only travel within a town or region.

The cab companies, Metro Taxi of West Haven and Bloomfield’s Yellow Cab, don’t need special permits to operate wheelchair-accessible cabs, known as MV-1s. But, arguing that they were already operating at capacity, the companies applied for 70 additional permits each so the new vehicles could expand their fleets.

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Yellow Cab Grand Opening Set for December 9, 2011

November 29, 2011 Media

Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Opens at The Yellow Cab Company in Bloomfield for Public, CNG-powered Taxi Fleet

Opening Will Feature New CNG-powered Wheelchair-Friendly Taxis

BLOOMFIELD, CT — (November 29, 2011) A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Friday December 9, 2011 at The Yellow Cab Company’s Bloomfield headquarters will celebrate Hartford County’s first public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, built and operated by Clean Energy. On hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be Congressman John Larson; CT House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey; Mike Scarpino, Clean Cities Regional Manager, U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory; and Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project (CTCCFF) visionaries including The Yellow Cab Company and Clean Energy.

As the company celebrates its 90th anniversary of the first taxi license granted in the State of Connecticut, we are re-positioning our legacy to lead Connecticut’s clean energy solution in the transportation sector,” according to company president Marco Henry. An award-winning, innovative leader in the taxi business, The Yellow Cab Company’s Henry pioneered green taxi fleet technology in 1998. He was the first taxi fleet owner in the nation to convert Honda Civics to CNG through a federal/DOE Clean Cities grant.

As Henry celebrates a 20-year milestone as the company’s president, he looks to the future with promise. In addition to the CNG Honda Civics and CNG Ford Transit Connects he welcomes to his service fleet, Henry will soon provide Greater Hartford’s first wheelchair-accessible taxi rides. The company will debut a fleet of purpose- built, wheelchair-friendly, ADA compliant, low emission taxis known as the “MV-1” ready to serve the Disability Community.

“Universally accessible 24-hour, on-demand, alternative fuel transport can and should play a strategic role in building the transportation infrastructure of Connecticut. Our CNG-powered taxis will reduce overhead fuel costs, significantly lessen harmful emissions for the environment and reduce our overall dependency on foreign oil,” Henry added. The new fuel station will serve anyone in the public operating a CNG vehicle. By year’s end, The Yellow Cab Company will deploy 110 new CNG taxis as part of this ambitious project.

“By 2012 the Yellow Cab CNG fleet is expected to displace about a half-million gallons of gasoline per year, and the environmental gains will only go up from there,” according to Lee Grannis Coordinator of the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition and recipient of the USDOE grant. That equates to about 10 million pounds of Carbon Dioxide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, replacing 110 gasoline taxicabs with new clean-burning CNG cabs will remove more than 2,500 tons of greenhouse gases annually.

Clean Energy built the new station at The Yellow Cab Company‘s fleet facility at 86 Granby Road in Bloomfield as part of the Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project(CTCCFF). The station is the second of three to be opened in the state by Clean Energy as part of the statewide initiative.

Marco Henry and Yellow Cab have a long standing history of commitment to operating CNG fleets and they are dedicated to the expansion of alternative fuels in fleet services. We are pleased to be partnered with them as they once again make history,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy. “Adopting natural gas fuel for public taxi use, together with the deployment of new ADA-compliant CNG taxi vehicles, and making the infrastructure available to all vehicle and fleet operators spotlights Bloomfield as a hub for a new energy future in Connecticut.”

A public/private partnership, the CTCCFF is a coalition of forces and resources, featuring all four Connecticut Clean Cities Coalitions working together under nearly $13.2 million of funding from a U. S. Department of Energy Grant, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Project partners are providing over $16 million in non-federal cost share to the project. The Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Inc. (GNHCCC), together with more than 30 partner organizations are building a state-wide system that will eventually get 269 alternative fuels vehicles on the State’s roads through incremental funding and providing fueling capability for 21 additional fleet vehicles and the supporting infrastructure for vehicle deployments as part of the CTCCFF.

For more information on the Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project, contact Carla R. York, (423) 802-6190 or visit ct-futurefuels.com

Yellow Cab Considers Legal Options

November 3, 2011 Media

Upon reviewing the stunning announcement made by the Connecticut Department of Transporation last week to deny 100 percent of the additional taxi licenses sought by the company, Yellow Cab Company management will pursue legal action.

The Yellow Cab Company of Bloomfield Response to DOT Decision:

The Yellow Cab Company does not agree with the ruling of the DOT. We feel strongly that the hearing officer made many mistakes and misinterpreted some of the testimony.

We will appeal the decision to the DOT and pursue legal action in Superior Court.

The Yellow Cab Company is committed to offering “full access” on-demand transportation to all residents within our territory. The Yellow Cab Company believes that ALL residents of Connecticut, regardless of access needs, should have access to on-demand transportation when they need it.

In applying for the additional taxi licensure, The Yellow Cab Company had hoped to expand this exceptional service to towns not served in the Greater Hartford area.

The Yellow Cab Company will proceed to replace its fleet with full access vehicles operating on clean burning fuel. (CNG) We are committed to offer clean, full access transportation to all.

Today, The Yellow Cab Company is operating at full capacity. Our intent in this undertaking was to provide additional new service with our cabs to towns currently not served while expanding accessible taxi transport in our current territory to individuals with limited mobility. Because of the negative DOT ruling, this may slow our service to our regular riders.

In light of the negative ruling by the Connecticut DOT, The Yellow Cab Company will appeal the decision and petition the CT DOT for more licenses in the territories we seek to serve and provide the same quick response service that our customers are accustomed to.

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