SUBURBAN TAXICAB TRANSPORTATION: AN ANALYSIS OF COSTS AND A COMPARISON WITH SPECIAL SERVICES PARATRANSIT

Taxicab transportation can provide an important transportation alternative to the private automobile in low density areas which cannot readily be served by traditional fixed route systems. Taxis can also help to satisfy the special transportation needs of the elderly and handicapped. An important question is how to provide taxi services in the most cost-effective manner possible. This paper examines both issues through an analysis of taxicab costs. Data was collected from a sample of taxicab companies in the metropolitan Chicago area. The cost of providing taxicab services in the sample is analyzed and a comparison with special services costs is made. The paper concludes that a substantial subsidy may be required to service the general public in low density areas, that economies of scale in taxicab services may exist and that shared ride taxi can be an effective alternative for transportation for the elderly and handicapped.

  • Corporate Authors:

    GORDON AND BREACH SCIENCE PUB.

    AMSTERDAM:
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  • Authors:
    • Pagano, A M
    • McKnight, C
    • Robins, L
    • Johnson, C
  • Publication Date: 1983

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  • Accession Number: 00381492
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 29 1984 12:00AM