Monday, November 10, 2008

Taxi Regulation

Taxi Regulation and Policy from

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

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