Arlington goes green yet again

This week, the Arlington County Board took another step toward environmental friendliness by authorizing a new taxi cab fleet of 85 hybrid taxicabs. A new company, named EnviroCAB will be taking people to and from their destinations in trendy new Prius’s and Escapes.

Arlington already has over 600 regular taxicabs, so the impact will be marginal at best, but at least it is a start I guess. The weird thing is that since they aren’t taking any of the regular taxis off the street, instead of having 600 inefficient cabs, we now have 600 inefficient cabs plus 85 efficient ones. Doesn’t seem like it is going to reduce emissions to have more cabs on the street, especially since all those extra cabs will just be idling in front of hotels or the airport waiting to pick up a fare. Arlington might have made a bigger impact by replacing 85 cabs instead of just adding new ones.

And of course The big question which was not addressed by the Board: currently all the local taxicabs are charging a premium because fuel prices are so high. Since these hybrids get much better gas milage, do you still have to pay the premium? Something tells me that there’s not going to be a discount to being and environmentally friendly passenger.

3 Comments so far

  1. Mike Licht (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 5:42 am

    I recently posted about hybrids in NYC, and a commenter preferred the Escape cabs – easier to enter and exit than the Prius.

  2. Chris L (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

    When are we gonna learn that the British style cabs are the way to go? They are so far superior to the car and SUV cabs we have here its not even funny. There is more luggage room than you’d ever need, and its INSIDE the cab with you, not in the trunk. Whats more, there are 2 fold-down seats (facing towards the normal 3 seats, limo-style) for a total of FIVE seats in the back. They feel much more solid as well, not all bouncy-bouncy like our cabs. Someone please by a fleet of them for DC or NY!

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    I’ve seen several around Arlington, nice to see they’re authorized for public use. I’m a little weirded out by their feature of carbon offsets on their website, as I’m not sure anyone has really decided what these really mean, or how they’re administered. Seems like snake oil to me. Makes you feel good, but you’re not sure what’s actually happening.

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