Stop two hour wait time for taxis!
  • Petitioned Sally Bagshaw

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Seattle City Councilmember
Sally Bagshaw
Seattle City Councilmember
Tim Burgess
Seattle City Councilmember
Tom Rasumssen
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

Stop two hour wait time for taxis!

    1. Seattle Don't Wait for Taxis
    2. Petition by

      Seattle Don't Wait for Taxis

      Seattle, WA

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.

 

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    • Harjinder Mand BURIEN, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Does anyone assess that there is a need to adjust the old rules and regulations for the taxis operating in the city of Seattle and King County? Time has changed, Seattle has grown so much. Rules and regulations must be changed when the time requires. Gas prices have gone up a lot in the past decade. Do we think about how when a empty cab commutes on the road due to restrictions, how much a cab consumes gas? It's an average of ten gallons a day. Do we think about how much time is taken for the operator when the cab has no passengers to use ten gallons? Consumption of the gas raises fuel prices and also affects the environment. Take for example when there is a big event in Seattle; a vacant cab tries to drive back to Seattle on I90 or 520, however it will take hours in the traffic. Customers are waiting on the other side of the Lake Washington to get into Seattle. When the event is over, the county licensed cabs will have to lock their doors and say sorry to the customers due to the restrictions. There is a need to assess that 250 cabs consume a lot of time (raising the waiting time) and gas which damages the environment and costs money. This is called poor customer service when a passenger waits hours for a taxi. It is the time now for these restrictions to be removed.

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    • jag saran SEATTLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      king county cabs has not enough business .most cabs are busy in seattle airport after the new airport contract.hope link custmers and local custmers wait for a long time.please allow the county cabs to serve the city of seattle more better service of the people, more jobs of the people.thankyou

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    • Jesse Buttar RENTON, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      There have been multiple occasions now where I was hard pressed to find a cab in Downtown Seattle specially during business hours. As a customer I expect to quickly find a cab for transportation but the wait times in Seattle are ridiculous!

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    • Rajinder Singh BELLEVUE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      As Harpreet Bassi mentioned there are way too many cabs in King County suburbs and not enough business and on the other hand in city of Seattle lots of people waiting long hours but not enough cabs. That is not a very smart especially when we pride that Seattle has the most educated population per capita. This is under-utilization of the taxi licenses. Also under current system when a county only cab takes passengers from suburbs to city of Seattle, they have to go back empty because they are not allowed to take passengers from city of Seattle to suburbs and vice versa. That is unnecessary running around causing pollution and wastage of resources. I feel so bad when I have to tell passengers waiting in Seattle that "sorry I can not take you because I have county only license." The most common answer I get from those passengers is "That is stupid." Passengers do not know how to differentiate between a city cab and county cab. For them a cab is 'a cab' and should be able to take people to where ever they want to go.

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      • over 2 years ago

      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.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

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