Friday, April 08, 2005

More transportation threats

A recent measure appears to be poised to put Philadelphia's taxi companies under the jurisdiction/control of the PPA (parking authority). This strikes me as a bit bizarre, since presumably licensing oversight could be used to acheive some of the same ends (cleaner cabs, payment of parking tickets, etc.). But I seem to be coming into this after the fact, so I may have missed something deeper. On the good news side of things, the PPA may try to get a better distribution of circulating cabs by using GPS to coordinate calls. On the bad news side, the cabbies aren't too excited about this takeover (scheduled for Sunday) and are threatening to strike. (Lawsuits are also a possible route of protest.)

Am I the only one looking at this post and the last one and dreading getting around the city during the remainder of the spring?


Blogger DanielUA said...

If I am not mistaken, the whole thing is a State Republican power grab. Repub's seized control of the PPA, to use it as their patronage mill, and are now using their authority to take taxis, as well.

So, while you can it is the PPA, think more, John Perzel.

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