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SFMTA to ban cabs from picking up at SFO

Pax Collector

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Taxi drivers on Thursday will ask to speak with San Francisco Mayor London Breed about a decision by the city’s transit agency that is expected to put 60 percent of the drivers out of work, according to advocates. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has banned effective Feb. 1 drivers with legacy medallions from picking up people at San Francisco International Airport.

Yellow Cab Co. CEO Chris Sweis said many drivers have said that if they cannot pick up at the airport it is not worth it to drive.

Charles Rathbone, a director of the San Francisco Taxi Coalition, an advocacy group, said drivers are asking the mayor to intervene and form a working group to look at taxi issues.

Taxi drivers have been impacted severely by the rise of Uber and Lyft, which have not been appropriately regulated, according to some taxi drivers. The taxi industry in San Francisco is divided into primarily two groups of drivers. Forty percent purchased their medallions while 60 percent are so-called legacy drivers, Sweis said.

The drivers who purchased their medallions are having a difficult time making payments on the loans they took out to buy the medallions. Sweis and Rathbone said the SFMTA decision favors those drivers, who will be able to pick up passengers at the airport, while putting the legacy drivers out of business. “We’re sure hoping to have that talk with Mayor Breed,” Rathbone, who’s spent 45 years in the industry, said. A spokesman for the city’s transit agency could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/01/24/taxi-drivers-to-mayor-breed-intervene-on-sfo-pickup-ban/
 

Jambajuices

New Member
Interesting how the tables have turned. Wasn’t too long ago that yellow cabs were lobbying to have ride share banned from picking up at airport terminals. When i was still living down in San Diego they were successful for awhile, but eventually we were able to pick up.
 

NorCalPhil

Well-Known Member
Interesting how the tables have turned. Wasn’t too long ago that yellow cabs were lobbying to have ride share banned from picking up at airport terminals. When i was still living down in San Diego they were successful for awhile, but eventually we were able to pick up.
Soon the lot creatures will be lining up where the cabs normally do.
 

vkandaharv

Active Member
Any idea why they are doing this? Seems like a fairly drastic measure, not sure what purpose it serves.
The "legacy" medallion holders got their medallions for free. The drivers who paid $250,000 for their medallions have been shafted by ridesharing. This change makes the paid-for medallions better and the free medallions worse. There are other changes too, like allowing the paid-for medallions to be sold to companies so that these people can cash them out faster.
 

NorCalPhil

Well-Known Member
The "legacy" medallion holders got their medallions for free. The drivers who paid $250,000 for their medallions have been shafted by ridesharing. This change makes the paid-for medallions better and the free medallions worse. There are other changes too, like allowing the paid-for medallions to be sold to companies so that these people can cash them out faster.
Interesting. Somewhat surprising to hear anybody got anything for free at any point in time. That's not SF style.

What is SF style would be banning them, and then selling those who were banned medallions so they could go back to doing what they used to do for free.
 

dragnet

Well-Known Member
Any idea why they are doing this? Seems like a fairly drastic measure, not sure what purpose it serves.
I would speculate that the queueing system for taxis (in the terminal area) is problematic. Or, even, they would like to better utilize the space that taxis currently occupy in the terminal area. They eliminating the legacy taxis and not the ones who have purchased medallions, I expect because they're wanting to transition taxis away from the terminal.

I bet there's a big advantage, in the eyes of the SFMTA people, the way U/L manage their queueing. Remember, they're opening up an entire new terminal and that's going to mean quite a bit more traffic they have to somehow accommodate. A bunch of parked, lingering taxis is a wrench in that process.
 

UberXking

Well-Known Member
Fake News
No new terminal! Timeshare probably complaining to SFO about Cabs having priority positioning for pickups while timeshare waits miles away from terminals. City puts medallion owners before rideshare with many Taxi/Bus only lanes throughout the city and city employees instructed to always use cabs in lieu of rideshare
 

IR12

Well-Known Member
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Taxi drivers on Thursday will ask to speak with San Francisco Mayor London Breed about a decision by the city’s transit agency that is expected to put 60 percent of the drivers out of work, according to advocates. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has banned effective Feb. 1 drivers with legacy medallions from picking up people at San Francisco International Airport.

Yellow Cab Co. CEO Chris Sweis said many drivers have said that if they cannot pick up at the airport it is not worth it to drive.

Charles Rathbone, a director of the San Francisco Taxi Coalition, an advocacy group, said drivers are asking the mayor to intervene and form a working group to look at taxi issues.

Taxi drivers have been impacted severely by the rise of Uber and Lyft, which have not been appropriately regulated, according to some taxi drivers. The taxi industry in San Francisco is divided into primarily two groups of drivers. Forty percent purchased their medallions while 60 percent are so-called legacy drivers, Sweis said.

The drivers who purchased their medallions are having a difficult time making payments on the loans they took out to buy the medallions. Sweis and Rathbone said the SFMTA decision favors those drivers, who will be able to pick up passengers at the airport, while putting the legacy drivers out of business. “We’re sure hoping to have that talk with Mayor Breed,” Rathbone, who’s spent 45 years in the industry, said. A spokesman for the city’s transit agency could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/01/24/taxi-drivers-to-mayor-breed-intervene-on-sfo-pickup-ban/
Oh the irony was first thought. Then I recalled just how dirty the taxi industry is in San Francisco I think the taxi company will prevail.
 
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