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Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerThe San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve waiving taxi medallion renewal fees for this year

Taxi drivers catch a break from SFMTA

Fearing unfair competition from Uber and Lyft, The City just cut taxi…

Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerThe San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve waiving taxi medallion renewal fees for this year
Eric Risberg/ap file photoUber’s driver workforce is 14 percent female

More women drive for Uber than for taxis, data shows

Uber's workforce has a greater proportion of female drivers than that of…

Eric Risberg/ap file photoUber’s driver workforce is 14 percent female
RAFIQ MAQBOOL/AP FILE PhotoUber released a bundle of data about its drivers on Thursday.

Uber releases driver data for first time, and it’s not pretty for taxi industry

Uber on Thursday released a bundle of data about its stable of…

RAFIQ MAQBOOL/AP FILE PhotoUber released a bundle of data about its drivers on Thursday.
Gabrielle Lurie/specIal to the s.f. examinerRakesh Mathur brings engineering and financial expertise to his new role as CEO of Flywheel.

Flywheel names new CEO as company plans heavier promotion of cab industry

Flywheel, which allows users to hail taxis with their smartphones, officially announced…

Gabrielle Lurie/specIal to the s.f. examinerRakesh Mathur brings engineering and financial expertise to his new role as CEO of Flywheel.
mike koozmin/s.f. examiner file photoWhile an SFMTA report calculated a 65 percent drop in cab traffic from March 2012 to July 2014

SF taxi decline debunked by cab companies

In September, San Francisco's new taxi head calculated that there had been…

mike koozmin/s.f. examiner file photoWhile an SFMTA report calculated a 65 percent drop in cab traffic from March 2012 to July 2014
Erica Marquez/special to the s.f. examinerKate Toran has been with the SFMTA for 15 years and took over recently as head of the Taxis and Accessible Services Division.

New SF taxi chief creates own route

In her customary calm manner that runs counter to some of the…

Erica Marquez/special to the s.f. examinerKate Toran has been with the SFMTA for 15 years and took over recently as head of the Taxis and Accessible Services Division.
Cindy Chew/2009 s.f. examiner file photoSome taxi companies are projecting losing up to 25 percent of their drivers for winter

SF cab companies brace for winter

With the ever-exponential growth of Uber, Lyft and similar ride services, taxi…

Cindy Chew/2009 s.f. examiner file photoSome taxi companies are projecting losing up to 25 percent of their drivers for winter
Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerThe average monthly trips by taxis in The City in July was about one-third of what it was in March 2012

Report says SF taxis suffering greatly

Just how big a hit the taxi industry has taken since app-based…

Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerThe average monthly trips by taxis in The City in July was about one-third of what it was in March 2012
mike koozmin/the s.f. examiner“Unions have that kind of influence that drivers would not have by themselves. There’s good reason to think they’ll benefit from that in Sacramento and in [San Francisco] City Hall.”

Relationship with cab companies could change with new union

San Francisco taxi drivers’ newly organized union joins a national alliance that…

mike koozmin/the s.f. examiner“Unions have that kind of influence that drivers would not have by themselves. There’s good reason to think they’ll benefit from that in Sacramento and in [San Francisco] City Hall.”

Open letter to Uber’s CEO from SF taxis

Editor's note: The following is an open letter from DeSoto Cab driver…

A Flywheel taxi gets a new coat of paint. Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner

Flywheel app launches advance taxi booking to airport

The most widely used taxi hailing app in San Francisco launched a…

A Flywheel taxi gets a new coat of paint. Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner
Mike Koozmin/The S.f. Examiner File photoSFMTA Transportation Director Ed Reiskin expressed confidence in interim taxi head Kate Toran's ability to help keep The City's taxi industry competitive among the rise of app-based ride services.

Former paratransit manager named interim SF taxi head

Still facing a "frustratingly slow" search effort to replace retired taxi head…

Mike Koozmin/The S.f. Examiner File photoSFMTA Transportation Director Ed Reiskin expressed confidence in interim taxi head Kate Toran's ability to help keep The City's taxi industry competitive among the rise of app-based ride services.
Mike Koozmin/the s.f. examinerLongtime cabdrivers Sai Lee

Muni buses running ads for taxi hailing app Flywheel

This week, some Muni buses started carrying ads with messages asking: "Would…

Mike Koozmin/the s.f. examinerLongtime cabdrivers Sai Lee
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerLincoln High School teacher Brendan Furey and his wife

Head of SF taxis to retire

Chris Hayashi, head of San Francisco's taxi industry during arguably its most…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerLincoln High School teacher Brendan Furey and his wife
Mike Koozmin/The S.f. Examiner File photoA proposed e-hailing app for all taxis in San Francisco may no longer be developed after an independent company is already providing a similar service.

SFMTA may change course with development of taxi hailing app

A city-run e-hailing app in the works for all taxis in San…

Mike Koozmin/The S.f. Examiner File photoA proposed e-hailing app for all taxis in San Francisco may no longer be developed after an independent company is already providing a similar service.
Cindy Chew/2010 S.F. Examiner file photoTaxis that pick up wheelchair users will earn special privileges at SFO.

SFMTA proposes incentives for taxis picking up wheelchair users

Among the struggles The City’s taxi industry faces, transit officials say, is…

Cindy Chew/2010 S.F. Examiner file photoTaxis that pick up wheelchair users will earn special privileges at SFO.
AP Photo/Mendocino County Sheriff's OfficeThis 2013 photo released by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office shows Jonathan Denver. Denver

City's taxi regulations should be less discriminatory, not more so

Given the current plethora of cabs, car services and ridesharing apps, it…

AP Photo/Mendocino County Sheriff's OfficeThis 2013 photo released by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office shows Jonathan Denver. Denver
EVAN DUCHARME/S.F. Examiner File PhotoBay Area Bike Share's proposed expansion to more than 7

Training requirement also now separates taxis from ridesharing cars

Cabdrivers in San Francisco now have yet another requirement with which to…

EVAN DUCHARME/S.F. Examiner File PhotoBay Area Bike Share's proposed expansion to more than 7
Over 500 taxis in San Francisco are insured again after a brief lapse in an insurance policy.

Insured taxis get green light

After being left in the lurch for a day without valid insurance,…

Over 500 taxis in San Francisco are insured again after a brief lapse in an insurance policy.
Beth Laberge/Special to the S.F. ExaminerHundreds of cabs lost their insurance policy and have been ordered off the streets.

Taxi insurance lapse ensures confusion

About one-third of The City’s cabs were either idled or operated illegally…

Beth Laberge/Special to the S.F. ExaminerHundreds of cabs lost their insurance policy and have been ordered off the streets.