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Small Step Toward Efficient Cabs

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Riding a cab in Chicago is one of the least fuel-efficient means of getting around, but now, cab companies must take a small step to change that. Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee reports.
Most Chicago cabs get less than twenty miles to the gallon.

The city’s concerned about the tailpipe pollution, so its making large cab companies purchase at least one efficient hybrid car.

Spokesman Bill McCaffrey says the city’s OK with this modest goal.

He says hybrids need real-world testing - including whether they’re roomy enough to be cabs.

McCaffrey: Space becomes even more of a concern once taxi cab drives start serving the airport because if you pick up three people that have just gotten off a plane and they all have luggage, the question will be will they all fit in one taxicab to ride downtown.

McCaffrey says Chicago’s first hybrid cabs will roll out this month.

The Chicago City Council’s considering making all cabs hybrid.

Alderman will likely take up that issue in September.

I’m Shawn Allee.

Chicago Public Radio.

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