The clarification of the overall role of the taxi industry in the urban transportation system is identified as the major issue facing the industry today. Taxis are a major element in the urban transportation system; they serve more than 3,400 communities. Taxicabs carry more than 27 percent of the urban public transportation market. The taxi is considered the most flexible and efficient for demand-responsive service and shared use of the taxi in coordination with buses is the best short-range solution to urban transportation problems. It could also be the best long-range solution provided it continues to offer flexibility at favorable overall cost. The need for a flexible public passenger transportation system and the coincidental responsibility of making capital grants and fare subsidies is recognized. The need is indicated for subsidies and for monies to fulfill the need for equipment replacement, research and design of vehicles, and automatic identification-dispatch syst;ems that would increase productivity 20 to 30 percent. The whole area of taxi regulation needs to be examined by the industry and government. There is a need for subsidized rides. A change of legal status is also necessary if the industry is to receive help on a continuing basis from local or federal sources. It is proposed that the taxicab industry and UMTA open discussion on eligibility for grants and the subsidization of particular groups of riders. The discussions should initially center on 4 areas: finance; service standards; entry into the industry and exit of the market; and equitable and consistent rate-making policies.

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    • Presented at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Demand-Responsive Transportation Systems conducted by the TRB, Nov. 11-13, 1974, Oakland, Calif.; and co-sponsored by American Public Transit Association, California DOT, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, MIT, UMTA and Technology Sharing Program of U.S. DOT. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • Boynton, Charles
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Pagination: pp 7-13
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  • Accession Number: 00126154
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM