By Gary Thomas
Veolia Transportation, North America-based supplier of multiple modes of transportation, has announced that the company will introduce the first propane autogas taxi fleet of Baltimore at a special ceremony, when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore City will participate in the first propane taxi ride.
This ceremony will take place at the company’s Mid-Atlantic headquarters. Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland, Ben Cardin, a U.S. Senator, Mark Smith, Deployment Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy from Vehicle Technologies, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mark Joseph, Vice Chairman and CEO of Veolia Transportation and Stuart Weidie, CEO & President of Blossman Gas and President of Alliance AutoGas will address the gatherings.
The company’s 300 taxis present countrywide are being converted to use propane autogas instead of gasoline. An autogas fueling station has been installed in Baltimore in order to help 50 Checker and Yellow taxis. Currently, the company is providing a fleet of around 700 vehicles to about 5 M people yearly.
Based on the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP), the company has almost completed the propane autogas vehicle conversions. According to the private-public collaboration, more than 1,200 autogas are converted and over 30 autogas fueling stations are installed by program fleets all over Denver, Pittsburgh and the Southeast U.S.
Over 250 taxis operating at Denver, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh will be converted to use propane autogas, besides the 50 Checker Yellow taxis running in Baltimore by this year end.
Currently, Veolia Transdev offers 2.63 B passenger trips annually and is operating in 28 countries. The company’s multiple modes of transportation have included rail, taxi, bus, paratransit and shuttle services in regional and urban regions.