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New line of "green" taxis begin service at San Diego Int'l Airpot

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A fleet of new "green" Prius v hybrid taxis will begin service at San Diego International Airport Monday under a program designed to help the environment and save money.

The Airport Vehicle Rebate Program is the result of a public-private partnership between the Airport Authority, the California Center for Sustainable Energy, Mossy Toyota, taxi operators and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.

The program provides a combination of vehicle rebates, reduced taxi permit fees and a special financing and maintenance package, CCSE spokesperson Chuck Colgan said.

The CCSE estimates that taxi operators switching to hybrid cabs will save up to $1,500 a month, depending on miles driven.

There are about 1,000 hybrid cabs operating in San Diego, including 300 at the airport, Colgan said.

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