This report builds on survey and in-depth interview information obtained for fourteen taxicab cooperatives in the early 1980's. General findings indicate that taxicab cooperatives in the U.S. tend to operate more cabs than the industry-wide average, are more prevalent in medium-to-large cities, are less likely to hold high market shares in their service areas, and they grew at three times the industry rate during the 1978-81 period. Cooperatives also appeared to be too general a term because at least four distinctly different forms of non-traditional taxicab organizations were identified: industry service companies, operator service cooperatives, operator producer cooperatives and employee cooperatives. Based on these differences, the report discussed salutory effects on driver incentives and service quality due to methods of compensation and internal decision-making. Cooperatives ability to attain industry scale efficiencies, attract career drivers, and adopt particular management styles which suit their needs and origins are also examined. A number of policy recommendations are directed toward public bodies responsible for taxicab regulation, particularly regulations intended for taxicab cooperatives, anti-leasing ordinances, radio regulation, financial assistance programs and publicly supported paratransit.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Department of City and Regional Planning
    CB 3140, New East Hall
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27599-3140

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    University Research and Training Program, 400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Bergman, E M
    • Stein, J I
  • Publication Date: 1983-6

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 92 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00390698
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-I-84-34 Final Rpt., UMTA-NC-11-0009-83-4
  • Contract Numbers: NC-11-0009
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 30 2003 12:00AM