In part 2 of a series on city cab drivers, Randy LoBasso considers the impact of smartphone-summoned car rides.
Several cities around the nation have been working to create new regulations to accommodate next-gen car services like Uber—and, in the case of Pittsburgh, a company called Lyft whose business model is not unlike what Sidecar was doing.
There may also be a third way.
Ronald Blount, of the Taxi Drivers Alliance, thinks he has something even newer, even better, to introduce into Philly’s professional driving universe. After years of conferring with cab drivers, and after countless fact-finding trips to key taxi locations like the airport and 30th Street Station, Blount thinks he’s figured out a way for Philly to change the system forever—while still playing by everyone’s rules. And if investors from all over the U.S., veteran drivers and organizing groups’ efforts and business plans are any indication, he may just be on to something.
For the third installment in PW’s look at the state of the Philadelphia taxi business, pick up the March 19 issue, or follow us online at philadelphiaweekly.com and @phillyweekly on Twitter.
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