With its taxi fleet ready for replacement, Boston gets recognition for being the first city in the United States to approve the Ford Transit Connect for service.
Boston is the 10th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and regulates which types of vehicles are allowed to serve as taxis. While the Ford Crown Victoria has dutifully served as the city taxi for years, the large body-on-frame sedan ends production next year, leaving an open door for the Transit Connect Taxi.
"The size, shape and configuration of the Transit Connect make it comfortable for both driver and passengers," said Mark Cohen, director of the Boston Police Department's licensing division. "When the Ford Crown Victoria goes out of production next year the taxi industry here in Boston and throughout the country is going to be looking for alternatives. I think the Transit Connect Taxi fits the bill."
The 2011 Ford Transit Connect Taxi was first revealed at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. In addition to all the standard Transit Connect features, the Taxi model comes equipped with pre-run wiring for roof signage and advertisements and work-ready vinyl flooring and seating. An 8.4-inch infotainment screen keeps passengers occupied and the rear seat has been pushed back three inches for added comfort and convenience. Other amenities include a passenger grab handle, a back-row ventilation system, and third-row windows.
To appease taxi fleet operators seeking alternative fuel solutions, Ford will also offer engine prep packages for both compressed natural gas and liquefied propane gas. The gas tanks will be installed in the cargo area but still allow for ample luggage space.
"We're very impressed with the Transit Connect," said Cohen. "It's the closest thing to a purpose-built vehicle for taxi use that I've seen in 25 years."
Take a look at our review of the 2010 Ford Transit Connect.