The Taxicab: Neglected Form of Public Transportation Public Deposited

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  • Dilorio, Frank
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography
  • Fravel, Fred
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Bach, Robert
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Until recently, the taxicab has been largely ignored by transportation planners as an important mode of urban public transportation. A comparison of the taxi industry with the other modes of urban public transport shows that in 1970 taxicabs produced more revenue than bus and rail operations together, carried more passengers than the rapid rail and over half as many as buses. Taxicabs traveled more than twice as many vehicle miles as buses and rapid rail combined, and did this all without benefit of public subsidy. In many small and medium-sized cities the taxicab is the only form of public transportation. In North Carolina, all of the forty-two cities with populations greater than 10,000 have taxicab service, while only thirteen of these cities have bus service. There are at least three important reasons why transportation planners and city officials should be interested in taxis. First, the demand­-responsive, flexible nature of taxi service makes it an ideal means of providing mobility for those who cannot or do not drive or who lack the use of an automobile. Second, the taxi provides low-cost service that makes it an attractive alternative to deficit-plagued bus systems. Third, as of October, 1975, taxis are eligible for federal subsidies through the 1974 National Mass Transportation Assistance Act, under the same conditions as privately-owned transit operations.
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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