March 26, 1999 |
You figure there's a problem when one of the city's top tourism officials steps into a taxi - and it's missing a door handle. Or when a cabbie dumps a corporate executive after only two blocks - because he saw someone else with luggage who could mean a higher fare. Or when a conventioneer here in February gets charged $26 to go to the First Union Spectrum and $8 to return. What a difference a change of direction can make in the city that loves you back! Nine years after a new medallion system was created to ensure that all taxis were properly inspected and safe for passengers, it may be time for another tune-up.
August 11, 2002 |
Four people, including a 4-month-old boy, were injured yesterday when a taxicab careened into a crowd of shoppers at a busy Germantown supermarket. Police said Simon Hextall, a driver for Penn Cab Co., lost control of his vehicle in the parking lot of the Pathmark supermarket, near Wayne and Chelten Avenues, shortly after noon. The cab crossed the lot, jumped the curb, flattened metal barrier pylons, and crushed several shopping carts before stopping. Hextall was questioned, but no charges have been filed against him, police said.
April 16, 2001 |
Paul Campbell's large, stylized London taxi is quite the marketing vehicle. As he plies the city streets in his cab, which has been shrink-wrapped to look like a mobile version of the South African flag, his goal is to hook not just passengers en route to their next destination but also people planning trips abroad. Once they're in the backseat - and a captive audience - he goes to work. "Have you ever been to South Africa?" Campbell began one afternoon last week, after Sean Pickering hopped in near St. James Park.
September 16, 2001 |
Three Florida executives stranded in Chicago during the airport shutdowns last week found an unusual way to get home: They took a taxi. The driver, who introduced himself as Ali, took pity on them and agreed to make the 24-hour trip because he wanted to help the men return to their families, said Bruce Gross, chief financial officer for Lennar Corp. in Miami. They left at 10 p.m. Wednesday, with Ali driving the Mazda minivan until 5 a.m., when they finally switched drivers.
July 12, 1992 |
She calls herself Gwendolyn. She prowls a sidewalk in a shadowy west-side warehouse district, hoping to fulfill the desires of the men leaving a trendy strip club nearby. She tells them what she thinks they want to hear. If they are ugly, she calls them cute. If they are fat, she admires their muscles. And for the thousands of Democrats who will descend on Madison Square Garden this week for the party's national convention, she's willing to appeal to their political loyalties - if that's what it takes.
June 11, 1992 |
The city plans to award a newly formed taxi association the exclusive right to pick up passengers at Philadelphia International Airport, city aviation officials said yesterday. The plan promises to help improve what is often dismal airport cab service, Aviation Director James C. DeLong said. It's also intended to save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. Metro-Care Inc., the firm that now runs SEPTA's Paratransit service for the handicapped, would operate the new association under a contract with the city.
December 23, 1997 |
Three people were killed yesterday afternoon in a head-on crash involving a taxi and station wagon on Route 322 near Foulk Road, authorities said. The victims were identified as Christopher J. Fairfield, 37, of Secane, who was driving a 1986 Volvo taxi, and Roger N. Morrill, 72, and his passenger, Bernice E. Riegel, 77, both of Wilmington, who were in the station wagon, a 1989 Oldsmobile. The Oldsmobile, driven by Morrill, was headed west on Route 322 approaching Garnet Mine Road when it drifted into the eastbound lane about 3:15 p.m., state police said.
June 21, 1999 |
In a city that hasn't seen a brand-new cab in at least three years, where the average age of taxis is seven, this qualifies as earth-shattering news: A 1998 Ford Crown Victoria has hit the streets. Dispatched by the small Avant Garde taxi association, it is the newest cab in Philadelphia. True, it is a two-year-old former police cruiser. And, yes, it already has 72,780 miles on it. But fleet owner Mike Menachem says the "new" car is a sign that all Philly cab owners are not as bad as the ones recently chronicled by the Daily News.
February 26, 1993 |
A United Cab driver was fatally shot in South Philadelphia last night as he drove past a residential strip known for drugs and prostitution, police said. Police said the cabbie, a 34-year-old Pakistani whose name was not immediately released, was found lying next to the cab on 25th Street, just south of Manton Street, shortly after 10 p.m. He was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead about 10:30 p.m. from a gunshot wound to the chest His taxi, its windshield broken, came to rest against a concrete bridge support on a bleak stretch of 25th Street, below Federal, dominated by darkened warehouses.
February 17, 2015
YOU CAN'T BLAME the on-demand ride-hailing service Lyft for thumbing its nose at the Philadelphia Parking Authority. After all, the San Francisco-based startup operates with a different business model from traditional taxis. Its MO is to disrupt the status quo, not to kowtow to it. Lyft (like its larger hail-by-app competitor UberX) lets customers use a smartphone app to book and pay for its service. That's not quite the way business is conducted between riders and licensed Philly taxis.