You are visiting Waltham, Massachusetts and wondering how to a find the best taxi service providers in the city. It is true, many taxi service provider are closing or cutting down the number of taxi they have on the road as the result of the decreasing taxi service demand in the area. You still can find a taxi at Carter Street taxi stand or outside Westin Waltham Boston Hotel.
Finding taxi should not be that hard in 2019. You can give a call Waltham Cab Taxi they will come and pick you up or drop you off to the airport anytime of the day. They work 24 hours. The main goal of the company is to get customers where they want to go, when they want to go, promptly, efficiently, comfortably, and safely. So give them a call at (781) 354-4070 when you need a ride in Waltham, MA or the surrounding city.
Looking for Cab should not be that hard. You can also do a Google search for a taxi near you and look for the company that have the highest start rating. If they are a local company, there phone number should reflect the local phone number. I can also talk to a hotel front desk they can recommend you or call for you a trusted taxi cab service provides. So it should not be that hard to find a taxi service provider in Waltham, MA.View More
Did you know that every time you hop into an Uber or a Lyft in Massachusetts, you’re doing your part to support the taxi industry? Sounds bizarre, but since Governor Charlie Baker in 2016 signed into law a bill to regulate “transportation network companies” like Uber,, you’ve been paying a nickel per ride into a fund that is supposed to aid the very companies you’re disrupting by using an app, rather than your hailing hand, to summon a vehicle.
I wrote about the law just after it was passed, suggesting some ways the money could be well spent — even if it feels odd to ask one business to subsidize one that it is supplanting. Did we require the telegraph companies to help prop up the Pony Express?
So I thought I’d check in on how much money that 2016 legislation has funneled into the taxi business to help it — what, manage to hang on? Rebound?
The first thing I learned is that MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development and finance agency, has so far collected $3.2 million from the nickel-per-ride law. That money was generated by nearly 65 million rides through Uber, Lyft, and some other smaller players.
As those millions of customers were flocking to Uber and Lyft, they were fleeing taxis. According to the Boston Police Department’s Hackney Carriage Unit, which regulates cabs in the city, rides plummeted from 8.8 million in 2017 to 4.7 million last year. (As recently as 2013, that figure was north of 14.5 million.)
Good thing we’re using that $3.2 million to stanch some of the bleeding, right?
Well, last March, MassDevelopment put out a 27-page call for consultants who might have ideas about how to spend the money constructively. In October, it contracted with one, a regional planning agency called the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
The MAPC will be paid $49,750 to interview drivers and taxi owners and “identify industry trends and challenges,” according to language in the call for consultants. So that’s almost 1 million of your Uber and Lyft rides, at a nickel a pop, funding a study about what kind of pain your Uber and Lyft rides are causing the taxi and livery industries.
Once the study is complete, the MAPC will issue recommendations to MassDevelopment about how the rest of the nickels ought to be spent. MassDevelopment expects to get those recommendations this summer.
That will be about three years after I wrote my initial column, in which I asked entrepreneurs and professors at MIT and Harvard Business School for advice on how to spend the taxi welfare funds. I wove in some of my own, as well. That advice was available for the price of a copy of the Sunday Globe.
I rang up Jim Endicott, one of the taxi owners I spoke to back then, to see how things have been going.
“It has been devastating,” Endicott says. He operates about 30 Boston taxis. “This business is in deep trouble, and I don’t see that turning around anytime soon.”
Endicott says he recently sold one of his taxi medallions for $36,000; in the pre-Uber era, he’d paid about $400,000 for it.
Endicott lists off the various fees that taxi drivers and owners must pay in Boston, and notes that Uber and Lyft aren’t required to pay those — for instance, the cost of belonging to a radio dispatch service, so customers without smartphones can call a phone number and request a cab. There’s also an annual fee to subsidize rides for senior citizens, he says. Perhaps the money being collected by MassDevelopment could help with some of those costs of operating a cab, Endicott suggests.
“I lost $10 million to $12 million,” says Rob Raimondi, another Boston taxi owner. “They wiped me out, and a lot of other people.”
Raimondi says that he has spoken to the MAPC researchers who are conducting the study of how to spend the nickels.
“It’s still preliminary,” he says. “They really haven’t figured it out.” But when I suggested to him that the money could start flowing later in 2019, Raimondi had one response: “It’s too little, too late, as far as I’m concerned.”
“The industry is frustrated that the money is being held, for sure,” says Cheryl Horan, vice president of Green and Yellow Cab in Somerville. “These monies are critical for us to compete and mimic the model” that Uber and Lyft have created, she says.
Horan says that developing technology to create a “regional transportation network” is essential. That would mean that if a customer in Cambridge requested a cab, and none were available, a cab from Arlington or Somerville would be able to respond. (Previously, that kind of idea has been considered heresy in the taxi biz.)
“Our strength will be in the number of vehicles we can get together in a mutual fleet,” Horan says. Then, there would be a need to promote that new kind of regional transportation network. Horan says the MassDevelopment millions could be helpful on those fronts.
She notes that Green and Yellow Cab hasn’t been a technology laggard; the company launched its first mobile app in 2013 — the same year Lyft started operating in Boston.
MassDevelopment will keep collecting nickels until January 2027. It could ultimately add up to more than $30 million before the mandatory fee is phased out.
It’s probably not a realistic goal to deploy that money to keep every taxi owner in Massachusetts afloat. But what if we could ensure that those that survive the shakeout actually provide a service you’d be happy to use? That means comfortable cars, courteous drivers who know the city, and maybe even a phone charger — like you often see when you ride in an Uber or Lyft.
Those goals are not too ambitious. The key thing, as I suggested almost three years ago, is to create a system to collect feedback about the taxi drivers and fleets that are offering that kind of experience, and using the money to reward them.
We’ll see whether we get there — once MassDevelopment gets into gear.View More
Changes are coming to ride-hailing services at Logan Airport.
The Massachusetts Port Authority Board of Directors on Thursday approved a new ground transportation plan for companies like Uber and Lyft and a new $3.25 drop-off fee. The changes are expected to take effect on Oct. 1.
The ground transportation plan — modified from an earlier proposal — will move all ride-hailing pickups from outdoor lots to a centralized garage site.
Drop-offs will also occur in the garage from 10 a.m. until 4 a.m. In the early morning, drop-offs will continue to be allowed curbside at various terminals. Massport says ride-hailing services are a popular transportation mode in the early mornings since the MBTA is not available until 5:30 a.m.
Massport has released renderings of its proposed dedicated ride-hailing areas in the Central Garage, and said that the spaces would include check-in and baggage check services and wheelchair assistance.
It takes about six minutes, for instance, to walk from the first floor of the garage’s Terminal B section to Terminal B itself.
Massport has said that the aim of the changes is to reduce Uber and Lyft trips that carry no passengers, and also to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. The approval comes as demand for ride-hailing services continues to grow and the use of high-occupancy vehicles declines.
Massport estimates there will be 15 million ride-hailing trips to and from Logan this year — up from the 12 million last year. Five million of those 2018 trips carried no passengers, as drivers approached or left the airport alone.
The agency says its new proposal could reduce 30% of those empty trips.
“Our goal has always been to move more people in less vehicles while providing a better customer experience, and we think this plan achieves that," Massport's Acting CEO John Pranckevicius said in a statement Thursday.
Uber immediately panned the proposal.
“Today Massport approved an untested concept that will cost the airport millions of dollars, likely lead to mass confusion and result in rideshare passengers paying more and getting less," spokesperson Harry Hartfield said in a statement. "Time and time again we offered solutions that would have reduced congestion, at almost no cost to the airport, but time and time again the airport refused to consider alternatives."
Uber and Lyft had teamed up to run radio ads and launch a petition opposing the changes, which they said had garnered more than 10,000 signatures.
The ride-hailing pickup fee remains at $3.25. Massport had proposed a $5 fee for both pickups and drop-offs.
Customers who use the shared services of UberPool and Lyft Line will have a discounted fee of $1.50.
The proposal does not apply to taxis. Massport says cabs represent 5% of travel to and from the airport.
Massport's board indicates that this plan could change, depending on its impact.
"Like any operational plan, it's just a plan," board member Laura Sen said. "We have not had any solid evidence of how this will work. So, I think the public should all be aware that this is the beginning of the plan and the plan has a lot of other parts and a lot of the parts may change."
The debate about ride-hailing services comes as Logan continues to set air travel passenger records. Massport is also planning to increase Logan Express bus service, drop certain fares, and make some bus rides free.View More
Hub cabbies — shocked and saddened by the slaying of a fellow taxi driver in the Back Bay Tuesday — have always known the job can be dangerous, but never thought such a “ruthless killing” could happen here, they told the Herald.
“We don’t have those things happen in Boston,” said Top Cab driver Guy Bernadin, sitting in his taxi about 100 yards from where cabbie Luckinson Oruma, 60, was gunned down. “We’re never worried about safety.”
But Tuesday’s killing in broad daylight was a troubling eye-opener for Boston taxi drivers.
Phillip Foy, 34, of Rhode Island is accused of shooting the Dorchester father of five because the driver refused to take Foy to Mansfield, police said. That destination, on the way to Rhode Island, is 33 miles from the murder scene outside the Colonnade Hotel on Huntington Avenue.
“I can’t remember us having anything quite like this,” said Joe Litvack, treasurer of the Independent Taxi Operators Association. “It seems to have no reason.
“Yeah we’ve had robberies before, but never a ruthless killing like this,” he added. “It’s something we’ll never be able to make sense of.”
In 2005, a cabbie was stabbed to death in Brighton, in what prosecutors said was a robbery gone bad.
A taxi driver was shot fatally in Roxbury in 1997. Police said the cabbie died defending himself from a robbery attempt.
Four years earlier, a cabbie in Roxbury was shot to death, also during a robbery.
But Tuesday’s cabbie slaying didn’t fit the robbery narrative.
“Just such a senseless crime that really hits home here,” said Eddie Summers, a manager at USA Taxi garage. “It’s just hard to put into words how bad this crime is, just no need for it whatsoever.
“This wasn’t 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning in a bad area, when someone’s robbing cab drivers,” he added. “This is in the middle of the day in a very congested area with tourists walking around.”
Summers knew Oruma for eight years at the garage.
“We lost such a great, hardworking guy,” Summers said. “I don’t think I ever saw him angry. He never lost his temper. Just an even-keeled guy who did his job and then went home to his family.”
Cabbie John Meissner, who has driven taxis around Boston for 44 years, said he has been robbed a couple times — once by a man with a knife and once by a man with a gun.
“I’m surprised about this, but in the back of your mind, you always wonder if it’s gonna happen to you,” said Meissner, a Boston Cab Association driver. “You know it can be a dangerous job.”
A GoFundMe page for the Oruma family had raised more than $10,000 by Wednesday afternoon.
“Luckinson was a hardworking man who provided for his family and put all 5 of his children through college by driving a taxi,” the page reads. “We here at Independent Taxi Operators Association, as well as his family are devastated by this tragedy.
“If you are able to help financially, it would be greatly appreciated. It is anticipated that the financial impact will be deep. Every little bit will help, and be a blessing to the family. All funds will be directed to the benefit of Mrs. Oruma.”View More
WALTHAM, MA — Despite making the short list for nominee, a judge born in Winchester and raised in Waltham where his father owned a taxi company, won't be the country's next Supreme Court justice.
President Donald Trump passed over Judge Thomas Hardiman, reportedly a top contender for the post, opting instead to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh, of the District of Columbia to fill the seat left after Justice Kennedy retires.
"Mr. President, I'm grateful to you and I'm humbled by your confidence in me," said Kavanaugh, who lauded Trump for doing his research. He also talked about the importance of independent judges.
Hardiman,53, currently sits on the federal appeals court in Philadelphia. He was first appointed to serve on the federal district court by George W. Bush in 2003, after several years in private practice in Washington, D.C. and in Pittsburgh. He was also a top pick the last time Trump nominated a Supreme Court candidate to fill Justice Anton Scalia's seat.
Hardiman began his career in 1987 as a taxi driver and dispatcher at Waltham Central Square Taxi, according to a biography submitted during his appeals court confirmation hearing. Described as a devout Catholic, he went on to attend the University of Notre Dame, then Georgetown University.View More
WALTHAM, Mass. — Limousine and livery services could be subject to some of the same regulations as taxi companies if the City Council approves a new ordinance.
The Ordinances and Rules Committee on Monday voted to send out a first reading of the ordinance to the council.
The measure would require routine vehicle inspections and background checks for drivers. The law would also require some type of identifying marker on the backs of vehicles so police can verify their registration. Drivers would also need to have photo identification posted in their vehicles.
The Massachusetts Port Authority requires any business that provides vehicle service to Logan Airport to either provide a document that says it complies with the city's rules or a letter from city officials, which states that no such laws exist.
Ward 9 Councilor Robert Logan first proposed the ordinance because he said some livery services flocked to Waltham to avoid strict regulations found in other communities. In some instances, he said a livery business may have obtained a Waltham address, but then would operate outside of the city.View More