taxis

By - 10/22/14 - 1:39 pm

Oct. 21, 2014 - Visit the Kiley Barrel site, march with the Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, learn how Tufts is trying to improve its treatment of victims of sexual abuse, see what's up with the Union Square "Community Benefits Agreement," and explore the taxi-Uber conundrum. These stories and more on Somerville Neighborhood News #25. Check out other episodes at www.somervilleneighborhoodnews.org.
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By - 8/10/14 - 3:04 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Norwood man on charges he put a cab out of commission by punching its windshield early this morning.

According to police, a cabbie had driven a couple to Hanover and Union streets downtown around 1 a.m.:

While the female was attempting to pay the driver for the service, the male suspect became irate demanding that the female not

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By - 8/10/14 - 12:42 pm

Arlington Police report arresting a pair of alleged knuckleheads they say pummeled a cab driver when he insisted they pay their fare after a ride from Alewife station late Saturday.

Christopher LaFrance, 25, of Arlington, and Jacob Shaps, 24, of Boston, were arrested on charges of assault and battery, unarmed robbery and intimidation of a witness after police tracked down LaFrance's residence based on the... Read more

By - 7/30/14 - 1:59 pm

The City Council agreed today to hold a hearing on how to regulate Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services.

Councilors Bill Linehan - who proposed the hearing - and Steve Murphy said it was time for regulation to protect public safety and out of fairness to existing medallion owners, who are subject to scrutiny by the police hackney division.

Younger councilors who actually use the... Read more

By - 7/28/14 - 7:30 pm

City Council President Bill Linehan says it's time to bring companies such as Uber and Lyft under the same sort of regulations already that taxi and pedicab operators already have to follow.

On Wednesday, the city council considers a request from Linehan for a hearing on how to give city regulators say in the operation of the new services:

All Taxis and Pedi-cabs in the

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By - 6/16/14 - 6:04 pm

WCVB reports on an incident involving a couple who didn't like the route their driver was taking from Brighton to Watertown this afternoon.

By - 5/22/14 - 3:33 pm
Cab protest

Meng Mao captured the scene this afternoon as local cab drivers circled Uber's downtown office to protest its service.

Click to hear the sounds of dozens of horns held down in fury as cab drivers urge Uber to recognize the error of its non-regulated ways.

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By - 1/26/14 - 4:07 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Charlestown man they say stole a cab early this morning after the driver refused to take him home because he appeared drunk and was fleeing after shoplifting something at a local Tedeschi.

Police say Sakaria Mohamud got into a cab parked at the 140 Main St. Tedeschi shortly before 4 a.m. and demanded to be taken to Bunker Hill... Read more

By - 12/15/13 - 9:26 am

At the height of the storm, East Boston's connections to the rest of the world dwindled.

Around 9 p.m., three cars crashed on the East Boston side of the Meridian Street bridge. Police shut the span for their investigation, hindered briefly because two of the drivers chased the third driver over the bridge into Chelsea.

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By - 11/22/13 - 9:51 am

The Friends of Meridian Street reports cab drivers continue to act like the bypass built for them to avoid local streets continues to go largely unused:

It's 4am and still a steady stream of empty Logan Airport taxis using Meridian Street and East Boston public streets to Chelsea instead of the multi-million dollar Coughlin Bypass Road built with taxpayers money specifically to keep commercial

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By - 10/25/13 - 2:32 pm
Smashed cabs

The city reports the Boston cabbie who plowed into a Brookline cab at Berkeley and Chandler streets late Wednesday "has already had his licensed suspended and is in the process of being revoked."

The note comes in response to a citizen complaint about Boston cab drivers:

Very concerned about the city's regulation of taxi drivers who would race recklessly up Berkeley Street last

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By - 10/24/13 - 2:15 pm

Seems nobody's happy with the current cab situation in Boston, not riders, not drivers and owners and not large institutions that employ the sort of people who would be likely to need a cab.

The mayor's office today released a lengthy report on the state of cabs in Boston that features a number of findings and recommendations. Among them:

  • Consider a nighttime surcharge to attract
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By - 10/24/13 - 12:10 am
Two cabs collide in the South End

A roving UHub photographer came across this scene at Berkeley and Chandler in the South End, moments after the Sox game ended.

By - 8/20/13 - 1:21 pm

Boston Police today issued tips on how to identify a licensed Boston cab (they all have medallions on the right side of the trunk, along with other stickers on windows and inside) but stopped short of saying don't use services like Uber or Hailo:

Do not get into unmarked taxi or livery cars.

Use only licensed cabs or clearly identifiable livery service vehicles that

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By - 7/29/13 - 9:29 am

Wicked Local Cambridge reports Cambridge Police are investigating an incident in which a woman in Allston got in a cab, asked to be taken to an address in Cambridge and when she refused to pay the full fare because the driver took her to the wrong place, was basically held hostage in a parking lot while the driver started doing donuts:

The woman eventually

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By - 7/20/13 - 9:02 pm

Hit and run crash

Tim photographed the remains of a hit-and-run crash on Kneeland Street in Chinatown tonight:

Taxi rammed this car into pole then sped off.

Stanley Staco reports the cab might have been stolen in a carjacking around 8:20 p.m. at... Read more

By - 6/8/13 - 11:09 am

Masshole cabbie

Turlach MacDonagh spotted this Town Taxi cab on Beacon Street the other day:

Masshole parking for taxis 101. I didn't realize that you could use crosswalks for parking too! What great dual use. The killer is there was 3 free legit spots behind me.

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By - 5/15/13 - 3:56 pm

Five Logan Airport "cab starters" arrested in February were indicted yesterday by a Suffolk County grand jury for allegedly taking bribes from cabbies to move them up in the queue at the airport.

Each of the five were indicted on at least five counts of soliciting or accepting a bribe as a public employee and at least two counts of soliciting or accepting an... Read more

By - 4/12/13 - 7:04 pm

Boston Police report:

Mark Cohen, a 28 year employee of the Boston Police Department and Director of the Hackney Unit, has been placed on paid administrative leave as a result of an internal complaint.

These allegations bring into question the overall management of the Hackney Unit. Accordingly, until a full review of the Hackney Unit is completed, Cohen will remain on leave.

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By - 4/11/13 - 7:25 am

Long line at Logan

Owen Williams was among the hundreds of people in a world-class line for non-existent cabs at one Logan terminal around 1 a.m. today.

"Nice welcome for marathoners," adds Catboston, also in the line.... Read more

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