Could this be MEARS one day not too far away?

UBERyDUMB

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Boston cab company closes due to Lyft, Uber
The popular ride-sharing apps exploded in popularity several years ago
Jason Law, WFXTPublished: September 2, 2017, 7:00 pm

(WFXT/CNN) – Just outside of Boston, a cab company that has operated for more than 40 years is closing its doors. As the ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft become more and more popular.


Dick johnston bought the yellow cab company in 1973. This week, after almost 45 years, he turned out the lights.

“When did you notice things start to go downhill?”

Dick Johnston, owner of Newton Cab Company: “Seriously downhill? About two years ago. And last year, it really took a nosedive.”

The reason he says is Uber and Lyft. The popular ride-sharing apps exploded in popularity several years ago, and Johnston says he was just too slow to adapt.

Dick Johnston, owner of Newton Cab Company: “is social media responsible for this downfall of newspapers? In that same sense, Uber is responsible for our downfall.”

We reached out to Uber for a response. A spokesperson told us, quote, “More than 20,000 people in Massachusetts are driving with Uber, because our app provides the freedom to work on a schedule that fits your life — not the other way around.”

Charles frost, owner of patriot taxi: “Uber and Lyft are killing this industry.”

Charles frost owns “patriot taxi” in Waltham. He says Uber and Lyft have cost him 30 to 40 percent of his business.

Charles frost, owner of patriot taxi: “They have none of the regulations that we have. They have none of the expenses we have.”

Frost says taxes and insurance cost him 16-thousand dollars per vehicle every year. That’s not including the taxi medallion and vehicle maintenance.

“Is there anything you could have done differently or wish you had done differently?”

Dick Johnston, owner of Newton Cab Company: “I could have been, if I were a younger man and less stubborn, I could have adapted to the point of having apps and been online more, and it certainly would have lasted longer, if I had done that.”

For now, Johnston’s yellow cabs are parked in a business that’s operating more and more in the red.

Copyright 2017 WFXT/CNN
 

Mars Troll Number 4

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I doubt it.

The mears family still has the biggest charter bus service in central Florida.

A reduction in cabs is however going to happen in the next few years.

It's not like mears has medallions or anything.

A straight reduction in cars is a reduction in costs.

The shop complex is also a tad small for the current fleet.

Mears luxury however.. that division is doomed.
 

UBERyDUMB

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The charter bus operation is so large they use other companies with beat up buses when the demand exceeds capacity.

They will use a MEARS branded yellow bus when they have a team and/or they know there will be cameras around...

The "S" is for smoke & mirrors...

As far as the Mears family, they are as dysfunctional as the Adams family. Some of their members do not even have a driver's license...

Actually, the letter "S" stands for Shameful...
 

Mars Troll Number 4

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The charter bus operation is so large they use other companies with beat up buses when the demand exceeds capacity.

They will use a MEARS branded yellow bus when they have a team and/or they know there will be cameras around...

The "S" is for smoke & mirrors...

As far as the Mears family, they are as dysfunctional as the Adams family. Some of their members do not even have a driver's license...

Actually, the letter "S" stands for Shameful...
Using other companies when demand exceeds supply is a very smart way to do it.
It's cheaper to sub out some of the work than to get more buses for a small fraction of the time.

It also lets them have a bus or 2 go out of commission unexpectedly and not be sunk.
 
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