Sara photographed the cab line at Logan around 12:45 this morning.
Boston Police report Steven Lovering took a cab to the 7-Eleven store at 55 Berkeley St. in the South End early this morning, then decided to hold the place up even though the cabbie refused to stick around for him.
Police say the driver helped officers ID Lovering, 44, after they responded to a hold-up alarm there around 1:30 a.m. They did not... Read more
An Atlantic article on cab-alternative Uber focuses on Washington, DC, but a lot of it sounds familiar:
Almost all the everyday complaints about cabs trace back to this regulatory cocktail. Drivers wonâ€™t take you to the outer reaches of your metropolitan area? The regulated fares wonâ€™t let them charge you more to recover the cost of dead-heading back without a return customer. Cabs are... Read more
Boston Police report a Charlestown man who jumped out of a cab without paying early this morning attacked the driver when he got out to demand the driver's money and then tried to flee with the man's wallet, only to be tripped up by his own feet.
Carlos Martinez, 33, was charged with fare evasion and assault with intent to rob (unarmed), following the... Read more
A disgruntled employee at a local cab company gets to the bottom of a mystery that's been plaguing him and co-workers since the required introduction of credit-card readers: People who leave things behind keep calling up asking to have Cab 1051 searched:
Every time someone runs a credit card in a Boston Cab with a particular credit card processing company it shows up on... Read more
A South Boston man and a man with no fixed address will be arraigned today on charges the stabbed the cab driver early this morning at Shawmut Avenue and Lenox Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The driver, 50, from Lynn, was taken to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries following the 1:22 a.m. incident, Boston Police say.
Michael Shaw, 20, of... Read more
Mr. Magellan reports on an incident that happened as he was getting out of a cab at Tremont and Park Saturday night:
[T]wo girls were about to get in. Then two guys came up and tried to steal it from them. One of the girls just got in the cab and one of the guys called her a "disrespectful bitch" and then proceeded to... Read more
Matt Karolian reports a harrowing ride today with a cabbie who refused to accept that city regulations prohibit him from charging the cost of the return toll to people headed to East Boston - a ride that ended at Boston Police District A-7, where the cabbie wanted Karolian charged with fare evasion and Karolian threatened to press a kidnapping charge.
As any East Boston... Read more
Boston Police report arresting a pair of Milton residents who they say hailed a cab in the 1100 block of Blue Hill Avenue and had him drive around for awhile before directing him to the nearby Mac's Guest House on Callender Street:
The male suspect got out and walked up to the victimâ€™s window and asked the victim how much he owed for... Read more
With nothing else to do as he slowly inches to the front of a taxi line at Terminal B, Paul Levy analyses the taxi dispatching problem and comes up with a possible solution to the long lines caused, he said, not by demand, but by the way taxis are dispatched from the central cab parking area.... Read more
At a sometimes contentious hearing on taxi regulation - at which cabbies revealed plans to sue the city over its credit-card requirements - drivers, city councilors and the city taxi czar agreed on one point: The city needs to crack down on unregulated livery drivers and out-of-town cabbies stealing business from the locals.
All sides agreed drivers of black - and now sometimes white -... Read more
City councilors today quickly warmed to a proposal to require Boston cabs to be painted a common color, like in New York, as a way to help confused people figure out which cars are legally licensed - and their drivers subjected to background checks - and which are unregulated gypsy cabs.
Mark Cohen, the director of licensing for the police hackney division, told councilors at... Read more
The Council's Committee on Public Safety holds a hearing Thursday on a proposal by Councilor Maureen Feeney (Dorchester) to create a civilian taxi board to oversee the city's medallion cab fleet.
Feeney says regulations pushed by Mayor Tom Menino and enacted by the police department's hackney unit three years ago that require owners to start buying hybrid cabs, install credit-card machines and wash... Read more
A roving UHub photographer noticed this unusual sight on Mass. Ave. in North Cambridge on Sunday, reports:
The strange thing: There were no other planters in sight. And you can't tell from the photo but it was full of dirt, too.... Read more
The city's sending notes to cabdrivers this week reminding them to knock it off when it comes to trying to get East Boston residents and visitors the cost of the tolls on the way back, because that's illegal.
Via Jim Correale, who reports:
I rarely use taxis in Boston, but the last time I took one to come home, the driver attempted to... Read more