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Propane Powers Baltimore Taxis

Veolia Transportation launched a fleet of 50 propane power taxis.

Some Baltimore cabs are running on a new kind of gas.

About 50 Yellow and Checker taxis powered by propane autogas hit the streets on Friday. The ceremonial launch of the fleet was held at an event at Veolia Transportation's Mid-Atlantic headquarters in Remington.

Mike Barrett, Veolia’s Transportation’s director of maintenance, said each cab is equipped with a 24-gallon propane tank in the trunk of the vehicle. Running on  propane costs about $1.40 to a $1.60 less than traditional fossil fuel. Propane also reduces a vehicle’s emissions by about 30 percent. 

The cars will also run on traditional gas but will only do that before the engine is warm enough to use the propane or if the propane runs out.

"Anywhere you can get your gas grill filled you can fill this," Barrett said.

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, state Sen. Catherine Pugh, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake were all on hand to celebrate the launching of the fleet.

Rawlings-Blake even took the ceremonial first ride in one of the cabs.

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Christian May 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Just a question here. Isn't propane a highly combustible product, so much so that the local Safeway will not allow the cannisters to be brought into the store? What protections are there to keep the cabs from exploading? It sounds mighty scarey to me.
Adam Bednar May 12, 2012 at 03:25 PM
The tanks installed in cans are 20 times more puncture resistant than a standard automobile and has a lower flammability than gasoline.
Gregory Broady January 31, 2013 at 07:34 PM
That Is Very Nice and Im Glad to See How Veolia Transportaion is Promoting how it is a Company that hires citizens in the city of Baltimore. That Being SAID PLEASE DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THEM. THEY HIRE PEOPLE TODAY AND THEY FIRE PEOPLE TOMMORROW. THE PAY IS HORRIBLE AND THE STAFF AT BALTIMORE CITY HEALTH IS HORRIBLE I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THAT ANYONE WITH GOOD SENSE WOULD WORK FOR THEM YOU WILL BE THERE ONE DAY AND THEY FILL FIRE YOU TOMMORROW. THEY ARE HORRIBLE!!!!!
Christian February 01, 2013 at 01:41 PM
There must be two Christians registered here, as I did not write the first comment, although I would have had the same concern.

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