The evolution of the taxi from the early horse-drawn European vehicles to the futuristic "paratransit" vehicles of today is traced, relating the development of mass transit to that of the taxi and showing how both forms of urban transportation changed in response to alterations in cities and urban life. The authors discuss particular facets of the taxi industry, including economics, innovative services, regulation, and the future of the taxi as a private-sector service. They maintain that this industry, with its range of flexible services, has the potential to alleviate some of the current problems of urban transportation. Specifically, they argue that the inclusion of taxis in public transit programs will lead to innovative solutions to our urban transportation problems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of North Carolina Press

    116 South Boundary Street
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27514-3808
  • Authors:
    • Gilbert, G
    • Samuels, R E
  • Publication Date: 1982-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 250 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00366716
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1982 12:00AM