Although there is extensive literature on taxis and taxicab drivers, this is not the case for jitneys (gypsies). After a definition of "vernacular" is provided, the paper proceeds with an overview of vernacular cab operations in five American cities: Chattanooga, Chicago, New York, Omaha and Philadelphia. The overviews are based on library research, interviews and the participant-observation method (as jitney driver in Omaha). An overwhelming number of vernacular operations are in the hands of blacks: a few, in New York City, are run by Puerto Ricans. After the overviews -or ethnographies -are presented, the paper concludes with a discussion that touches on why these cabs are de facto taxis, the validity of "vernacular" as a term for the cab systems reviewed, why there has been a neglect of the vernaculars as a research topic, and the importance of vernaculars for policy analysis. (Author/TRRL)

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Headington Hill Hall
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  • Authors:
    • Suzuki, P T
  • Publication Date: 1985-7

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  • Accession Number: 00453909
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 401
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1986 12:00AM