Pittsburgh Gets Propane-Powered Cabs

May 29, 2012, 11:00 ET from Pittsburgh Transportation Group

PITTSBURGH, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Yellow Cab of Pittsburgh, a division of the Pittsburgh Transportation Group (PTG), is introducing propane-powered taxi cabs to Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will be on hand around 11:45 a.m. at the cab drivers annual barbecue Wednesday, May 30 at the PTG garage on Preble Avenue in Manchester to see the first group of an anticipated 55 cabs to undergo the conversion.

"It's all part of the green initiative undertaken by our parent company – Veolia Transportation," according to Jamie Campolongo, president of PTG.

"Besides reducing pollution," he noted, "the conversion will also provide a significant savings to our drivers who lease the cabs and must pay for their own fuel.  With the current price of gasoline, we're talking a savings of about $1.40 a gallon.  That could be as much as $2,300 a year or more."

"Additionally, based on the statistics we have received and at least 50 cab conversions," added Campolongo, "we expect to reduce the carbon footprint by about 500 tons annually."

He will also be reminding his drivers about the upcoming NHL draft event at the Consol Energy Center next month and the opportunities they will have to promote the city and its various venues and attractions.

Besides Yellow Cab, PTG also operates People's Cab, City Cab, Super Shuttle, Freedom Transportation, ExecuCar/Embassy Coach and PTG Charter Services.  The company employs 325 people and has over 400 independent contractors.  PTG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veolia Transportation, North America's largest operator of multiple modes of transportation.

For Information:
Dave Kosick (412) 215-1360

SOURCE Pittsburgh Transportation Group