When the bars close down, cabbies pull the no-cash, no-ride trick, apparently. A discussion going on on Twitter:
Keith Richard snapped this photo of the bus he'd been on and a taxi in Kendall Square around 5:45 p.m.:
A company that offers something like a hitchhiker app launches today in the Boston area. SideCar, already available in several cities, lets users find people going their way - people the company says have been vetted to weed out serial killers and the like.
There's a fee involved, of course, which will no doubt catch the attention of the local medallion-cab company, whose traditional monopoly on fee-based car rides is already under assault by online reservation services such as Uber and Hailo.
The Boston Business Journal reports.
Updated Thursday morning.
The Dorchester Reporter reports prominent Boston lawyer William McDermott was struck and killed by an SUV as he tried to walk across Day Boulevard at L Street in South Boston Wednesday evening.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports McDermott was hit by a Ranger Rover driven by a 33-year-old South Boston man:
Five Massport workers were arrested today on charges they took bribes from cab drivers seeking to evade the airport's normal queue for passengers, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, State Police and Massport announced.
Officials say the five "cab starters" let cabbies who slipped them $20 to $40 jump ahead of other drivers - although they add some of the five accepted scratch tickets, cigarettes and other items instead of money:
East Boston News posts a complaint from Meridian Street about all the Logan cabs that scurry along it now:
Boston Police are looking for two guys who robbed a cab driver at gunpoint around 11:50 p.m. on Copeland Street. The cab hit several cars before coming to a stop.
CraigglesofDoom presents us with today's mystery: What was a New York City cab doing in the South End today?
Dave Levy compares Uber and arriviste Hailo:
As an end-user, I'll likely go back and forth depending on wait times; the ability to choose and have multiple options only makes transportation around Boston better.
The Daily Free Press reports on a Saturday incident involving a cab driver who held a woman's bags hostage while he forced her to pay twice for her ride from the airport:
After she swiped her card and accepted the payment, a message on the machine thanked her for the payment.
An aggravated citizen reports:
I took a cab from my home is roslindale to Logan arriving at 5am. I tried to pay w. credit card but the driver insisted the system wouldn't work until 7. Taxi 592 forest hills independent taxi service. I have been in too many Boston cabs where "the system isn't working" for credit cards.
The state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, which oversees the now infamous standards division, said today the division will issue an operating certificate to Uber now that it has learned a national standards body is evaluating GPS-based metering systems like the one Uber uses.
Boston Police report arresting a couple of alleged sad sacks for carjacking a cab in City Square last night.
Police say one of the men jumped behind the wheel but managed to get only a short distance down Devens Street before colliding with two parked cars. The other man, police say, then ran up to the cab because in all the commotion, he'd forgotten to grab a "floral arrangement consisting of orange, yellow and red flowers" he'd brought with him.
Police say the two men, one wearing a Bruins T-shirt, the other a Celtics T, decided around 6 p.m. that rather than paying their fare, they'd hold up the cab driver.
Sara photographed the cab line at Logan around 12:45 this morning.