PORT HURON, Mich., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- City Cab today announced its
Ford Crown Vic taxi will be the first taxicab in Michigan powered by natural
gas and the cab's inaugural run is set for October 18, 2001. The Port Huron-
based Company will mark the day with a ceremonial "first fare" followed at
10:30 a.m. with a refueling demonstration at SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY's
refueling station on Lapeer Road to which the public is invited.
Gary Goulette, owner of the 75-year-old business, made the announcement
saying, "City Cab is excited and proud to operate the first alternative fuel
taxicab in the State of Michigan."
Goulette, who plans to convert his entire fleet of 10 taxicabs into
natural gas vehicles, has dubbed the project "when yellow goes green." Green
is a doubly accurate reference because natural gas conversions are good for
the environment and cost-effective to cabdrivers, which also keeps prices down
"At City Cab, we feel good about doing our part in working towards a
cleaner environment." He added that the company tried to be forward looking
when searching for a way to keep their prices affordable for customers without
being dependent on wildly fluctuating fuel prices.
"When yellow goes green" is the second new project Goulette has initiated
since becoming owner of City Cab four years ago. Working with another local
business, Earl Smith Distributing and through the participation of over 20
area taverns, City Cab operates the "Alert Cab Program." The program offers a
free ride home to those who may not be able to drive home safely and 50 to 100
people use the option each month.
Peoples City Cab, Inc., which has been in business for over 75 years,
operates 10 licensed taxicabs and three(3) airport shuttle vehicles and
currently serves over 15,000 passengers per month. The locally owned company
operates the first natural gas-powered taxicab in Michigan and the "Alert Cab
Program" through which free rides are offered to those who may be unable to
safely operate their vehicles.
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SOURCE Peoples City Cab, Inc., SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY
Web site: http: //www.semcoenergy.com
CONTACT: Gary Goulette, Owner of Peoples City Cab, Inc., +1-810-984-4109, fax: +1-810-985-8328; or Alternative Contact: Francis R. Lieder of SEMCO ENERGY, +1-810-987-2200, ext. 4186, fax: +1-810-989-4098, E-mail: email@example.com