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30 hybrid taxis now on duty at Lindbergh Field

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A fleet of about 30 Toyota Prius hybrid taxi cabs began service at San Diego International Airport Monday under a program designed to help the environment and save money.

Operators of hybrid taxis will receive a combination of rebates, reduced taxi permit fees and a special financing and maintenance program, said Chuck Colgan of the California Center for Sustainable Energy.

The program is a partnership between the CCSE, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Mossy Toyota, the Metropolitan Transit System and taxi operators.

The new taxis are the first commercial use of the Prius V, according to Colgan.

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 cabs in operation in San Diego, including 300 at the airport, Colgan said.

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