Just a Friendly Cab Oakland taxi cab driver, that's what you might think. Our everyday heroes risk their own lives to help people in trouble. They do it without expectation of accolades or even a thank-you. They document the triumph of human spirit as they go above and beyond to make their community better. Their story is your story and their commitment to community helps brighten our everyday lives.
We are leading the way in innovation in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and other East Bay cities with our environmental-friendly practices. An increasingly large percentage of our vehicles administer an environmentally sensitive alternative to commonly used fuels, called Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Since CNG is lighter than air, it disperses quickly when leaked or spilled. This is just one of the ways we are doing our part in helping Oakland and other cities meet ambitious targets for a cleaner and greener community.
Friendly Cab is currently renovating our headquarters to create make a more positive impact in our East Oakland neighborhood. Recycled water is already being used for our car-washing facility, and upgraded buildings will improve energy efficiency, reduce waste, and promote the use of public transportation and bicycles by our employees. Our facility will have a pleasant, attractive, and high-quality street presence, improving our neighborhood and its businesses as well as the global environment. Construction is underway.
One of Friendly Cab's most important initiatives in 2009 is the launch of a hybrid taxi fleet. These greener vehicles will not only lower our emissions but create visibility and buzz around hybrid car ownership in the East Bay. As a leader in taxi technology and transportation efficiency, we hope that taxi companies worldwide will follow our initiatives to help make the environment cleaner and safer for generations to come.
Our commitment to the Oakland community has spanned three decades. Since 1982, Friendly Cab has provided critical transportation services to hospitals, schools, non-profit organizations, and the general public. We've been trusted by hospitals to deliver blood to patients in life-threatening circumstances. Friends and family members rely on our taxis to visit loved ones. We work closely with police departments to improve public safety. We annually contribute to many community-serving organizations including churches, hospitals, and schools. With the launch of our improved dispatch system, mobile and online booking options, and more environmentally-friendly taxi vehicles, we look forward to serving the East Bay community even better in the decades to come.