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Accessible Taxi of Tyler TX Launches CNG fleet and NexTaxi service

 

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Accessible Taxi of Tyler TX Launches CNG fleet and NexTaxi service

TYLER (KETK) — The City of Tyler is keeping up with technology and moving forward with the times.

The first public access alternative fueling station was unveiled on Wednesday.

The event took place at a ribbon cutting ceremony in downtown Tyler.

The station offers compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.

Experts tell KETK, the new alternative will help save money, provide a cleaner environment and help America to become more energy efficient.

Accessible Cab Company of Tyler/Smith County unveiled their new fleet of taxis that run on natural gas.

And, a new app for your smartphone was also unveiled.

It’s called Nex Taxi.

For more information on the app,  CLICK HERE.

The actual gas station will be located at 425 North Bois D’ Arc.

It will not be open to the public until mid-October or November.

The temporary station, which is also located on North Bois D’ Arc, is for private use only.

Environmentally friendly taxies, alternative fuel station to serve Tyler

MV-1 taxies, an environmentally friendly alternative to personal vehicles for University students, are getting more fuel power.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony on the Square in downtown Tyler, East Texas officials and First Alternative Fuel, Inc. President Jamal Moherer unveiled Tyler’s first-ever public access alternative fueling station plan on Wednesday.

The fueling station will offer compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas fuels. The new alternative fueling station will not only serve the public but also fuel a fleet of 21 environmentally friendly MV-1 taxies.

All of the taxies will use NexTaxi technology for their dispatch to passengers.

NexTaxi is a smartphone app that allows riders to request a taxi directly from their smartphone and then track its arrival and pay only the metered fare, according to NexTaxi website.

This allows passengers to hail their taxi, track it to their destination and pay the metered fare electronically, if they want. NexTaxi can be downloaded for all smartphones free of charge.

The city council sets the taxi rates for the city of Tyler. There is an initial $2 fee for the taxi and an additional $1.75 per mile charge, according to the Tyler Cab website.

To add that out, it would cost about $11 one way for a University student to take a taxi from campus to the Square in downtown. For a student to ride from campus to the mall would cost about $9 one way. A taxi to Tyler Pounds Airport from campus would cost about $25 one way. There is an additional $1 charge for extra passengers.

“These vehicles are packed with the latest and greatest public transportation technologies,” Moherer said.

Of the fleet of environmental taxies, 16 of these taxies will use CNG fuel and five will use LPG fuel.

“Currently we are using our own private fueling site to power vehicles,” Moherer said. “So we are taking a step farther by breaking ground on a public access station to where the general public can fuel their private vehicles. They (the public) are paying $3.50 now but they will pay less than $2 a gallon for the same power and performance for their vehicle (with the alternative fuel options).”

Formed in 2011, First Alternative Fuel, Inc. is responsible for the environmental and technological advances of the alternative fuel station. Their vision is to provide a sustainable solution to consumers for the transportation industry’s ever-increasing cost of fuel, Moherer said.

 

President Jamal Moherer speaks at alternative fueling station ribbon cutting ceremony

Photo by Morgan Jones

President Jamal Moherer speaks at alternative fueling station ribbon cutting ceremony

 

At a ribbon cutting ceremony on the Square in downtown Tyler, East Texas officials and First Alternative Fuel, Inc. President Jamal Moherer unveiled Tyler’s first-ever public access alternative fueling station plan on Wednesday. Moherer spoke of how the fueling station will offer compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas fuels. The new alternative fueling station will not only serve the public but also fuel a fleet of 21 environmentally friendly MV-1 taxies.