AN ORGANIZATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF TWO PRIVATELY OWNED, SHARED RIDE TAXI SYSTEMS

The report has been based primarily on data from two privately owned demand-responsive public transportation systems operating in two different urban environments. Both are radio-dispatched shared-ride taxi systems, one in the industrial-agricultural city of Davenport, Iowa, and the other in the residential-commercial city of Hicksville, New York. Secondary data concerning national averages were obtained to enable generalized statements. Organizational aspects of these systems are discussed in terms of functional structure and methods of providing operational services. Requirements for and characteristics of taxi system's managerial personnel, dispatchers and drivers are examined. Regulatory issues confronting taxi systems are delineated. Meter, zone, multi-zone, and trip length pricing are discussed as alternative pricing mechanisms for taxi service. The data lead the authors to the major conclusion that the most important factor to be considered in the use of shared-ride taxi services is the needs of the various market segments in the urban public transportation market. It was also concluded that a taxi company under a highly innovative manager is an effective public transportation service.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper copy also available in set of 6 reports as PB-245 099-SET, PC$27.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Southeastern Transportation Center

    309 Conference Center Building
    Knoxville, TN  USA  37996-4133

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Heathington, K W
    • Davis, FWJ
    • Griese, S C
    • Symons, R T
    • Alford, R W
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 133 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093017
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt., UMTA-TN-06-0004-74-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1981 12:00AM