taxicabs http://blog.wlrn.org en How The Taxi Industry Became Legit In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-taxi-industry-became-legit-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 56 years ago, in a county devoid of apps, smartphones and cars with pink&nbsp;fluffy mustaches, there lived a taxi industry that didn't rely on&nbsp;Miami-Dade County regulations.</span></p><p>That taxi industry without regulations is long gone, but ride-sharing apps Lyft and UberX are here -- and they're trying their best to stay. The smartphone-based companies connect users with drivers, and like Miami's old taxis, they don't rely on county regulations.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:53:01 +0000 Selima Hussain 34015 at http://blog.wlrn.org How The Taxi Industry Became Legit In Miami Shunned By Miami-Dade, Uber Looks For Alliances Elsewhere http://blog.wlrn.org/post/shunned-miami-dade-uber-looks-alliances-elsewhere <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Marco Rubio, as well as several Florida state representatives, are trying to clear the road for a popular smartphone app called&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.uber.com/" target="_blank">Uber</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to operate in Miami-Dade.&nbsp;The app, which allows people to hire a town car and driver through a few taps of their phone, has been meeting fierce resistance from the county’s taxi companies.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:45:24 +0000 Arianna Prothero 29825 at http://blog.wlrn.org Shunned By Miami-Dade, Uber Looks For Alliances Elsewhere MIAMI HERALD: Taxi Tech Upgrades Coming To Miami-Dade County http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-herald-taxi-tech-upgrades-coming-miami-dade-county <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Old technology — but new to many Miami-Dade County taxis — is coming to local cabs.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:38:52 +0000 Patricia Mazzei 27160 at http://blog.wlrn.org MIAMI HERALD: Taxi Tech Upgrades Coming To Miami-Dade County PAMM Reaches Out To Area Taxi Drivers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/pamm-reaches-out-area-taxi-drivers <div id="lead" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 4px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"><p><span style="font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5;">If you’ve driven down Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami over the past few months, you might be wondering what lurks behind the brightly colored banners and trailer trucks north of the </span>AmericanAirlines<span style="font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-weigh Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:25:03 +0000 Rachel Morello 24203 at http://blog.wlrn.org PAMM Reaches Out To Area Taxi Drivers Miami-Dade Moves Forward With Some Changes To Taxi Operations, Sits On Others http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-moves-forward-some-changes-taxi-operations-sits-others-0 <p>The Transportation and Aviation Committee met&nbsp;</p><p>Wednesday for a hearing about regulations for luxury-sedan and limo drivers. If Miami-Dade County commissioners allow for an unlimited number of such drivers, mobile-dispatch companies such as Uber could operate in the county.</p><p>The Uber app allows users to hail cabs with their mobile phones. Regional manager Rachel Holt says it would benefit those users as well as local taxicab workers.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:55:11 +0000 Rachel Morello 23697 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami-Dade Moves Forward With Some Changes To Taxi Operations, Sits On Others Credit Cards In Cabs? 'Not So Fast,' Say Miami-Dade Drivers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/credit-cards-cabs-not-so-fast-say-miami-dade-drivers <div></div><div><p>About 50 taxicab drivers gathered outside county hall Monday morning to protest several pending changes that would impact their industry—specifically, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez's new Ambassador Cabs program.</p><p>The program basically<a href="http://hrld.us/1gQDvmF" target="_blank"> creates a higher set of standards </a>for taxis and drivers, or “ambassadors,” who serve Miami International Airport and PortMiami. One of those changes would require cabs to take credit cards.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:54:27 +0000 Arianna Prothero 21052 at http://blog.wlrn.org Credit Cards In Cabs? 'Not So Fast,' Say Miami-Dade Drivers How Hailing A Cab In Miami-Dade May Be About To Change http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-hailing-cab-miami-dade-may-be-about-change <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami-Dade commissioners want to make some big changes to the county’s taxi industry.</span></p><p>A slew of reforms are on the table, and county leaders are going to be taking a hard look at them on Tuesday.</p><p>Here’s the rundown on what might change:</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 20840 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Hailing A Cab In Miami-Dade May Be About To Change