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Invisible taxis

By awoodall
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 at 10:56 am in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife.

You already know I have an issue with Oakland’s taxi service. I keep hearing from the owner of the largest fleet about the company’s shiny new hybrid vehicles as shown in billboards (or at least one on 8th and Washington). The city is supposed to be tracking the city’s taxi coverage: are cabbies covering the areas they are supposed to. But they don’t seem to be tracking anything. I can’t even get an analysis conducted last summer (by an intern). Not that I need them to tell me that the service has not improved much. They cruise around the Fox on show nights and, as always, are readily available at the 13th Street stands and outside the Marriott. But despite thousands of people coming in and out of the Oakland Museum on Saturday night not a single taxi was to be found.  Not there and not anywhere along the strip between Oak Street and downtown. I just don’t get it.

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One Response to “Invisible taxis”

  1. Mike Says:

    You left out the airport…lots of taxis there as well…but try to find them elsewhere …good luck! you’d think they would hang out near west oakland or macarthur bart, at least….or near the top of lake merritt…but nope..no where…how can they be making enough money?

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