You’re not dreaming, kids.
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels proposed today that all of the city’s taxis get at least 30 miles per gallon.
Nickels wants the switch from gas guzzler to climate friendly to be complete by 2013.
Most of the city’s current cabs are Ford Crown Victorias, which average about 18 miles per gallon.
City Council approval is required for the change.
“It doesn’t matter if your cab is orange, yellow or gray. We think they should be green,” Nickels said at a morning news conference under the Space Needle.
I use cabs on a regular basis. I’ve always wondered why the model of car cabbies use has always been the godawful Crown Vics. Eighteen miles a gallon sucks. The big upside to the Prius is that it actually gets better MPG in the city than on the highway. And you don’t have to plug ’em in!
My favorite complaint from the cab drivers?
Driver Gurminder Kahlon, who owns his own taxi, said, “It is very difficult for a driver to buy a $25,000 car,” he said. “There is a recession and Sound Transit opens next year.” He was referring to the planned 2009 start of light-rail service between downtown Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
But I thought that light rail to the airport would never work, crazy cab driver/monorail guy?