If the proliferation of ridesharing companies in The City is any indication, San Francisco needs to significantly increase its fleet of taxicabs to meet current demand levels.
With about 1,620 taxis currently in operation, San Francisco would be better served with an additional 680, to be phased in over the next several years, according to a long-awaited independent study released this week.
A $7 million initiative to outfit San Francisco with an electric vehicle network and add 61 new clean-energy taxis has collapsed, forcing The City’s transportation agency to reconsider whether to pursue the ambitious plan.
But for the company set to receive the 61 new cabs, the development comes as no surprise.
“We were never really overhyped about this, we just wanted to show our public support for the plan,” said Jim Gillespie, a manager at Yellow Cab. Read More
In 2010, San Francisco received $7 million to establish an electric vehicle taxi network that would put it on par with global cities like Tokyo and Amsterdam.
Yet two years later, the network still doesn’t exist and it won’t be ready until 2013, due to a series of planning delays. Read More
The often futile practice of hailing a cab in San Francisco will soon become a little easier.
An additional 150 to 200 cabs will be roaming The City’s streets starting later this year, courtesy of a plan approved Tuesday by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors. Read More
A cabdriver was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a pedestrian in the Lower Polk neighborhood early Monday.
Muhammed Yousas, 34, of Sacramento, who drives for Yellow Cab, was booked on one count of felony hit and run following the crash at Sutter and Polk streets around 1:50 a.m., police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. Read More
Outraged over a 5 percent transaction fee that would help pay for backseat credit card terminals, hundreds of cabbies crowded into City Hall on Tuesday and threatened to strike if the fee is not rescinded.
“If they keep screwing with us, you wait till next month,” said Luxor cabbie Doug Woods. “There will be a strike.” Read More
Nearly 25 percent of people who call San Francisco’s Yellow Cab for a ride are never picked up, a dismal rate that prompted the business to again lobby for more taxi medallions. Read More