Union Cab

Union Cab of Madison

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

About: Union Cab is a worker-owned and -operated taxi cooperative. Formed in 1979, the cooperative has succeeded through a strong mission statement, vision statement, and core values that support the member/owners and community. In addition to the usual passenger and package delivery services in the Dane County area and beyond (out-of-county and out-of-state locations), Union Cab is the only 24-7 on-demand Accessible Taxi Service in Dane county for wheelchair-bound customers. Custom charter service is available.

The Union Cab fleet consists of 47 Toyota Prius, 23 Toyota Sienna or Dodge Caravan minivans, 6 Accessible Taxi Service vehicles, and 6 20-passenger vans. At this time, only the Prius, as hybrids, have an alternative fuel option. The search continues for cost-effective, reliable, and planet-friendly options for the rest of the fleet. Union Cab has received a wide array of awards and recognition related to their efforts, including: 2011 and 2013 Green Professionals certification (Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council – WSBC); 2012 Green Masters certification (WSBC); 2013 Clean Air Award (Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air); 2013 Eco-Efficiency Award (In Business); 2014 Large Business Sustainability Award (In Business).

Union Cab has a Green Team that focuses on a wide variety of initiatives to help the cooperative take actions that support a clean environment and healthy community. The Team was formed in 2009 to actively track the regulatory environment, seek out funding opportunities, and promote environmental awareness within the membership. Wisconsin Smart Fleet puts them in league with large transportation providers, and offers a resource for making important decisions about how to upgrade the fleet and improve efforts to promote a clean planet.

Internal Incentives:

  • Car sharing/carpooling program
  • Bike barns
  • Green purchase policy
  • Car sharing/carpooling program

Best Practices:

  • GPS tracking
  • Idle reduction training
  • Eco-driving training
  • Check tire pressure reminders
  • Routine vehicle maintenance- enhance MPG
  • Telecommuting
  • Non-motorized transportation – bike to work program

Fleet Overview:

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