THE TAXI'S ROLE IN URBAN AMERICA: TODAY AND TOMORROW

People who work in large metropolitan areas tend to live within the city limits and be the biggest users of public transit. This is contrary to the assumption that the majority of downtown workers live in the suburbs and an ironic contradiction to the massive networks of commuter rails around big U.S. cities. Within the city, the number of households owning automobiles has declined. Also transit ridership has dropped. The downtown commuter wants door to door, comfortable and private transportation. The taxicab, for that reason, dominates in use in some large cities. The taxicab should be recognized as a public transit vehicle. Fleet taxicabs handle almost forty percent more passenger than all U.S. Rapid rail transit systems, and, about sixty percent as many as bus transit in spite of the fact that the cost for the passenger is almost three times as high. If regulations governing the number and use of taxis in major cities were removed, the taxi would become an even more efficient and widespread form of public transit. It should be considered too, that they operate at a profit without government subsidy.

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    Elsevier Science

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  • Authors:
    • Wohl, M
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 143-158
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  • Accession Number: 00126848
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1982 12:00AM