During the early 1970s the City of Indianapolis reversed a long-standing policy of closed entry into the taxi industry by redistributing many of the existing permits. The open entry action was achieved administratively by the City Controller's Office. Except for the 1970 removal of the previous ratio of taxi licenses to population, no change was made in the existing taxi ordinance and no action was required by Council. This report is an account of the the Indianapolis experience with open entry. It is based upon discussions with both Indianapolis officials and members of the taxi industry. Documentation, such as data on the number of taxi licenses, has also been consulted to the extent possible. There is little written documentation, however, because of the fact that the open entry decision was not legislatively enacted and hence not preceded or followed by staff studies. The authors state that there are two lessons that may be learned from the Indianapolis experience: 1) adding new owners into a highly competitive supply-rich market is benefical neither to the public nor to the taxi operators; and 2) the results of an open entry action are likely to be far different in the long run than in the short run. Thus, while not an easily generalized experience, the Indianapolis case is certainly an instructive one for cities contemplating a similar action.

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    De Leuw, Cather and Company

    120 Howard Street
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94120

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Gilbert, G
    • Gelb, P M
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

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  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00341623
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: MA-06-0049
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0049-8015Final Rpt., DOT-TSC-UMTA-81-30
  • Contract Numbers: 1409-20
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1981 12:00AM