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On August 5, 2011, Vince Houmes of Sightline Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and communications center in the Northwest, wrote: 

"Plentiful, affordable taxis facilitate greener urban travel. They help families shed second cars, ride transit more often, and walk to work on could-be-rainy days. They fill gaps in transit systems and provide a fallback in case of unexpected events."

Currently in Seattle, 243 county-licensed cabs are prohibited from picking up passengers in the city of Seattle, even if they are hailed after dropping off a passenger downtown. Meanwhile, 220 dual-licensed “Yellow Cab” taxis are choosing not to operate in the city because it is more profitable for drivers to deny consumers a short fare and return to the airport to pick up arriving passengers. As a result consumers are frustrated and confused, wait times are longer, and competitors are not permitted to offer a timely service. 

Who is waiting for taxi service? Tourists visiting Seattle’s landmarks and cultural institutions, patrons leaving a bar, urban residents who need help with groceries, and the elderly visiting their doctors. 

Seattle needs more reliable and timely taxi service. Please redistribute taxi licenses by issuing city-endorsed taxi licenses to all 243 county license holders—for the benefit of consumers, businesses, and the city of Seattle.

 

Letter to
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess
Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasumssen
and 6 others
Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden
Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark
Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien
Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata
Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin
On August 5, 2011 Vince Houmes of Sightline Institute wrote:

"Plentiful, affordable taxis facilitate greener urban travel. They help families shed second cars, ride transit more often, and walk to work on could-be-rainy days. They fill gaps in transit systems and provide a fallback in case of unexpected events." – Vince Houmes, Sightline Institute

Yet 243 county licensed cabs are prohibited from picking up passengers in the city of Seattle, even if they are hailed after dropping someone off downtown. Furthermore, 220 duel-licensed “Yellow Cab” taxis choose not to operate in the city because it is more profitable to deny consumers a short fare and return to the airport and pick up arriving passengers. As a result consumers are confused, wait times are increased, and competition is stifled.

From elderly people needing to go to the doctor, tourists visiting Safeco and the Space Needle, citizens leaving a bar, or urban residents traveling to get groceries, we need quicker more reliable taxi service in Seattle.

Please Redistribute Taxi Licenses to Better Serve Seattle. Issuing city-endorsed taxi licenses to all 243 county license holders will benefit consumers and improve service.