Certain features and problems are discussed of the taxi industry which has 190,000 vehicles, carries 25 percent of the commuter traffic and serves 3,400 cities of all sizes. An important feature of the industry is the group riding or demand-responsive transportation service. Contracts have been entered into with schools, and special education schools. Service is provided for welfare recipients and handicapped persons requiring wheelchair service. Package delivery and jitney service are also provided. One of the problems faced by the industry is retention of accumulated revenues. Ninety five percent of the money from the taxi meter goes to employees. During the past 10 years, the industry has moved from employer-employee businesses to a lessee relation in when the company provides licensed system insurance, dispatching, and coordination and rents the car to the driver. The frequent entry-exit problem is illustrated by the service in Washington, D.C. which has 8,000 licensed taxis and an estimated 1,500 on the streets in the best of times. Central coordination will improve the situation.

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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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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 86-87
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  • Accession Number: 00126175
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM