[UPDATE: And cabbies, you can just forget about your proposed strike right now, as nobody takes that seriously. What would your union-type slogan be, "Every Man For Himself?" I'm telling you, MUNI is constantly hiring bus drivers, so you all should switch rides and, you know, drive a bus. And then you could, with impugnity, call your passengers r-tards or whatever you want. Hurray!]
I’ll tell you, those poor melon farmers out there in the West Bay trying to scratch a living from the infertile sandy soils of the Outer Avenues, well, not only is their MUNI bus and streetcar service bad, taxi service is bad as well.
Now, your hack might not actually want to take you to 42nd and Ortega or whatever, but s/he is required by law to take you there because, technically, the Outer Sunset in within the limits of San Francisco County.* So maybe that’s OK, but what about the times when you want to get picked up at home and you live Way Out There? Well, there’s no onus on any particular driver to come and pick you up, so that’s part of the reason why you have to wait a long, long time sometimes.
Comes now the staffers of the SFMTA with a solution: A $5 “Peak-Time Radio Dispatch Fee,” but not just for Parksiders of the Great San Wastes and the like, it’s supposed to be for everybody calling for a cab. That means that you will owe the driver over $8 before you even get into the taxi. Hurray!
Learn all about it right here, courtesy of John Han’s Taxi Town SF.
This super-genius idea came from a study from 2007 that concluded that San Francisco ought to:
“Implement a $5 dispatch surcharge during peak periods
Implement a $2 surcharge during non-peak periods.”
This will make the hacks happy as well the hack bureaucracy. It’s a win-win, baby!
But check it, the SFMTA is, once again, working on (or at least pretending to be working on) Peak-Time Permits, which would accomplish the goals that the SFMTA says it wants to accomplish.
Sometimes, when all the buses you see are going to the wrong way, a taxi’s the only way to get to your destination in time, right?
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All the deets of all the proposed new fees:
Radio dispatch fee: $2 flat fee during nonpeak hours; $5 flat fee during peak hours
Gas surcharge fee: $0.10 per one-fifth mile, $0.10 per minute of wait time
Wait time and mileage fare: From $0.45 per one-fifth mile ($2.25/mile) to $0.55 per one-fifth mile ($2.75/mile), and $0.45 per minute ($27/hour) to $0.55 per minute ($33/hour).
And look, the SFMTA is going to have Taxi Town Hall Meetings before the big meeting on May 17th:
“May 11, 2011, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Meter Increase, Credit Card Fees and Passenger Information Monitors, (PIMs)
May 16, 2011, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Electronic Waybills and Peak Time Permits
2nd Floor Atrium, One South Van Ness Avenue”
See you there!
*True dat. The crime is a misdemeanor called “Failure to Convey.”