Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Brit pays $4 317.58 for a cab ride

740 mile taxi cab ride - only cost the guy $4300

I'll bet not a single Montgomery County Maryland taxi driver has EVER gotten a fare this big.

Well,maybe some lucky cab driver made a buck or two back in September 11, 2001 when the airlines got shut down.
I drove a super shuttle out of Baltimore not long after 911 and heard stories of people stuck in Baltimore and needed to get to another part of the country, don't think the fare was that high though!

I got this story from an English Newspaper online:

Cabby's £2,000 fare from UK to Germany
Sunday, October 5, 2008

A cab driver did a double-take when a customer asked to be driven 1,200km (740 miles) from Portsmouth to Munich.

Though at first he thought it must be a joke, Mick Hogan agreed to take the passenger in his 30s on the 17-hour trip – at a cost of £1,950.

The unfortunate guy had missed his flight, explaining he had to get to the Munich beer fest as soon as possible as he had missed a flight for his friend's stag night.

So this guy went from Portsmouth England, under the English Channel via the Chunnel (tunnel that goes from the Briton to France), through France to end up in Germany.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Taxi Regulation

Taxi Regulation and Policy from http://www.schallerconsult.com/taxi/

Across the United States, taxi service is increasingly recognized as vital to cities' quality of life and their attractiveness to business and leisure visitors. At airports, hotels, convention centers, offices, tourist attractions, grocery stores, hospitals, doctors offices and homes, the public wants quick, reliable, safe and courteous taxicab service.

Unfortunately, customer expectations are sometimes disappointed. City officials thus face the daunting challenge of finding effective solutions for this unique industry, and then winning the necessary public, political and budgetary support.

Taxi fares of Major US cities compared

=========== Avg Trip|Short Trip|Long Trip

DC suburbs $12.08 8.35 23.70
Philadelphia $14.17 9.47 28.87
Baltimore $11.60 7.99 22.80
New York $13.10 8.65 27.10

Average U.S. trip in this list equates to 5 miles and 5 minutes of wait time
Short trip is defined as 2.8 miles and 4.77 minutes of wait time
Long trip = 12 miles and 5 minutes of wait time

This data was garnered from a Taxi Consultant, Schaller primarily works in New York, and his focus was on downtown areas of large cities, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Germantown are not considered large cities. Frederick Maryland is Maryland's second largest city but not the focus of Schallers report on 23 major cities:

"12 of the 23 cities increased fares in 2005, partly in response to rising gasoline prices, and as a result of many cities postponing fare increases during the recession earlier in this decade."

Approximate Taxi Fares from Regan International Airport

According to the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

Reagan to Rockville Maryland $44.00 22 miles
Reagan to Potomac Maryland $38.00 19 miles
Reagan to Gaithersburg $52.00 26.5 miles
Reagan to Silver Spring $30.00 14.5 miles
Reagan to Chevy Chase $24.00 11.5 miles
Reagan to Bethesda $26.00 12 miles

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Free Taxi Ride Home?

This holiday season if you find yourself too drunk to drive home the WRAP organizations "SoberRide" will pay for your cab ride home.

Sober Ride
Called one the entire countries most successful "free taxi ride home programs" for drunk drivers, Since it's inception in 1993 over 41,000 impaired drivers have been driven home.


  • Sober Ride does not apparently operate in Frederick County MD

  • Sober Rides pays UP TO $50.00 of the fare

  • Over $50 and you pay for it

  • Sober Ride only takes you home, no calling to go from a bar to a party

  • Only operates during the holiday season, but Halloween is included

  • For more information go to the W.R.A.P. website, click here

    CheckPoint StrikeForce
    An intensive law enforcement mobilization to get impaired drivers off our roads.

    Sobriety Checkpoints in DC/ Pennsylvania/ Delaware/ West Virginia/ Maryland.

    Using checkpoints and patrols when and where drunk driving is most likely to occur.

    Stopping over 800,000 drivers last year at sobriety checkpoints and in saturation patrols in the multi-state area of Delaware, The District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia..

    Too Drunk to Drive in Montgomery County or Frederick County?

    call a cab

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    Tuesday, October 14, 2008

    Why no hybrid taxi cabs in Frederick Maryland?

    "Like it or not, high gas prices are here to stay. Naturally, this uncomfortable reality has begun shaping our vehicle purchases."

    This is the opening line from a website ranked highest in Google for "most fuel efficient cars in usa"


    Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Sedans of 2008
    By Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

    With the bulk of Taxi cab driver income coming from runs to BWI airport, one would think that cab companies would be racing to purchase fuel efficient cars...

    Using EPA's combined fuel economy formula: 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating, Edmunds.com rated the following cars this way:

  • #10 Kia Rio — 25/35*

  • #9 Nissan Versa — 27/33*

  • #8 Honda Civic — 25/36*

  • #7 Toyota Corolla — 28/37

  • #6 Honda Fit — 28/34

  • #5 Toyota Yaris — 29/36

  • #4 Toyota Camry Hybrid — 33/34*

  • #3 Nissan Altima Hybrid — 35/33*

  • #2 Honda Civic Hybrid — 40/45*

  • #1 Toyota Prius — 48/45*

  • I'm guessing if it gets real, REAL cold this winter and heating oil prices drive up the price of gasoline... Maryland Cab companies that make BWI airport runs as their bread n butter (cash cow) will run out and buy some Toyota Prius's and paint them yellow!

    (wondering what the plural of Prius is??? Prii ??)

    In last month's edition of http://frederickchristian.com I saw a 'General Interest' page touting this:

    Smart ForTwo

    "Smart ForTwo is hte tiniest car sold in the U.S."

    "Detroit's Penske Automotive Group is offering the French-made Smart ForTwo car marketed by Daimler Chrysler. It's a rear engine two seat model that is less than 9 feet long. Two of them could fit into a parallel parking spot, making it the tiniest car sold in the USA"

    This is very unlikely to be used as a Cab... inside room/ trunk space requirements considered... but let the price of gas go up to $6 and $7 a gallon and I'll bet that will get re-thought!

    Reliable Airport Transportation call

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    40 years experience in the taxi industry Seaven Gordon

    Tuesday, October 7, 2008

    Where to complain about bad service in Mont Co MD

    Taxicabs in Montgomery County are regulated by the Department of Public Works and Transportation and operate under established standards 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

    Montgomery County issues licenses for wheelchair accessible vehicles that meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. There is no additional charge for an accessible taxicab. Accessible taxicabs should be requested in advance.

    Montgomery County Department of Transportation

    Division of Transit Services

    Montgomery County Taxicab Unit
    101 Monroe Street, 5th Floor
    Rockville, Maryland 20850
    (240) 777-CABS (2227)
    E-mail Address:

    Monday - Thursday

    8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon


    Having a Problem with Taxicab Service?

    We hope you are happy with the service. When you are dissatisfied, call the company and report the problem along with the taxicab number as soon as possible after the incident, to insure a prompt resolution.

    If you are still not satisfied, let us know.

    Complaints can be submitted by any one of the following methods listed below:

    Taxicab Hotline- 240-777-2625 Hours/Days: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
    On-line - go on line and fill out the complaint form at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/taxihotline
    E-mail - send an e-mail with specifics of the problem to taxi.office@montgomerycountymd.gov
    US Mail - send a letter with specifics of the problem to: Montgomery County Division of Transit Services, Taxicab Office, 101 Monroe Street, 5th floor, Rockville, MD 20850
    All complaints should include:

    The taxicab number (The taxicab number can be found on both sides of the vehicle on the trunk and on the information pack inside the vehicle).
    The company name.
    The trip date and time.
    A specific description of the problem.
    Your name, address and a phone number where you can be contacted.

    Information from the official Montgomery County Md website:


    Friday, October 3, 2008

    Can your company keep good people?

    I used to hear taxicab customers complain occaisionally about a cab driver or dispatcher being rude or short or sarcastic with them.

    In the taxi industry, it used to be difficult to keep conscientious employees.

    Think about YOUR industry, is it hard to keep motivated workers? Especially if we're talking about the ranks of the lower salaried employees!

    That tide is now changing!

    More and more workers are hunting for a part time job that fits their schedule.

    What better choice of part time work is there if you don't have to wait two weeks to draw a check!

    If you drive a cab, like delivering pizza, you get CASH at the end of your work day... puch out/ go home with *foldin* money in your pocket!

    Cab companies in both Montgomery County and Frederick County are no longer at the mercy of who ever walks in their door looking for a job.

    Look at the industry this way:

    If you (the cab company) don't have too many people willing to (and qualified to) drive a taxi, you're basically STUCK WITH what ever shmucks you can get.

    NOW... Cab companies, especially taxi companies that specialize in Airport Transportation can take their pick of a much better pool of potential employees.

    See that?

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    There is some good to come from the status quo being trashed.

    Sunday, August 17, 2008

    FOUR entries in Google for airport transportation

    Ok folks, how much convincing do you need?

    Go to Google, type in this keyword phrase:

    Frederick airport transportation


    Then scroll down to numbers 7, #8, #9, #10, #14
    All web pages and blog posts from Frederick Web Promotions

    Ok, try this keyword phrase:

    Montgomery County airport transportation


    Oh, there's this blog listed... how bout that?

    Monday, August 4, 2008

    This blog and top google spots for rent

    Frederick Web Promotions services many local Maryland Companies providing Top Ten Google Results for the keywords and keyword phrases that YOUR customers type in to find YOUR companies products/services.

    Frederick Web Promotions has a proven track record...

    Verifiable results.

    Go to Google.com

    type in:

    Frederick Airport Transportation

    What you get is this:


    Business Blogs are hot... Google loves em, and I want your taxi company to have one.

    Call David Bruce Jr at 240 315-1515
    email me at davidbrucejr@frederickwebpromotions.com
    Local Google Advertising Consultant

    Thursday, July 17, 2008

    BWI airline phone numbers

    Air Canada
    Air Jamaica
    Air Tran
    American Airlines
    British Airways
    Midwest Airlines
    USA 3000
    US Airways

    Transportation to or From BWI

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    This blog is for rent- high ranking in Google

    All Of the Business Blogs created and managed by Frederick Web Promotions perform well in Google...

    Want to see?

    Go to Google.com
    type in the following keyword phrase:

    Frederick Airport Transportation

    Here I did it for you: