Presentation on theme: "Taxi Alternate Days March 2012 Dawn Huddleston Commercial Roadway Systems Manager."— Presentation transcript:
Taxi Alternate Days March 2012 Dawn Huddleston Commercial Roadway Systems Manager
PDX Taxi Facts Taxis must be permitted by the City of Portland to operate at PDX City Code allows no more than 65% of any taxi fleet at airport Five companies operate at PDX – total of 256 taxis permitted, City has six companies -382 taxis permitted No head of the line privileges for alternative fuel vehicles or short fares City of Portland is responsible for setting taxi rates – currently $5.00 flag drop at the airport, $2.40 per mile ($2.30 per mile/10 ¢ per mile fuel surcharge)
Taxi Issues prior to Alternate Days Taxis lining up blocked parking lot entrance and roadway Taxi staging took over hold lot Average wait for a fare – 4 to 6 hours Increased short fare refusal City did not enforce 65% rule – majority of taxis would sit at airport, not serving entire Portland metropolitan area, deadhead back to airport just to get back in line.
After Alternate Day Implementation Increased taxi driver revenue – now same # of rides in one day as prior two days at airport, second day is now worked in Portland area – downtown hotels or dispatch. Average taxi wait time reduced to 2-3 hours during non-peak periods Significantly reduced short fare refusals During peak periods (Spring Break, Thanksgiving) – both colors allowed to meet customer demand during certain hours (10p-1230a)
Taxi Revenue Before rate increase Per trip fees: $1.50 Permit fee $200 – permit valid for 2 years No per vehicle fee After rate increase (Jan 2010) Per trip fees: $2.50 Permit fee $200 – permit valid for 2 years Per vehicle fee $100 (charged during permit cycle and for replacement vehicles)