taxicabs

FreeBee
5:19 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Is This Free Car Service In The Same Category As Lyft And Uber?

FreeBee director of public affairs Linnea Rae says the company's fleet of 20 vehicles are 100 percent electric.
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This weekend, a service called FreeBee will start offering free short-distance rides in Brickell. The electric cars are paid for by advertisers in exchange for branding exposure.

The service's fleet of 20 electric vehicles has already been operating for two years in Miami Beach. 

FreeBee director of public affairs Linnea Rae calls the service a "marketing asset for prospective advertisers" that "caters to consumers by giving free rides around the community."

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Transportation
6:53 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

How The Taxi Industry Became Legit In Miami

Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

About 56 years ago, in a county devoid of apps, smartphones and cars with pink fluffy mustaches, there lived a taxi industry that didn't rely on Miami-Dade County regulations.

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.

The taxi industry isn't too happy about this. 

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Transportation
1:45 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Shunned By Miami-Dade, Uber Looks For Alliances Elsewhere

Uber's app allows users to rent a town car or SUV from their smart phone. In some cities customers can also use the app to hail a cab.
Credit Justin Scott Campbell/Flickr

Sen. Marco Rubio, as well as several Florida state representatives, are trying to clear the road for a popular smartphone app called Uber to operate in Miami-Dade. 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.

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Taxis
3:38 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

MIAMI HERALD: Taxi Tech Upgrades Coming To Miami-Dade County

Michael Cruz, of Lyfekloud, demonstrates virtual dispatch equipment installed in a taxicab outside Miami-Dade County Hall Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
Credit WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

 

Old technology — but new to many Miami-Dade County taxis — is coming to local cabs.

An overwhelming majority of county commissioners signed off Tuesday on sweeping legislation requiring all cabs to take credit cards and install SunPass transponders, GPS devices and digital security cameras.

Drivers will have six months to install SunPass. Credit-card machines will be required in two years. GPS and backseat security cameras will be required in 30 months.

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Perez Art Museum
8:25 am
Wed November 27, 2013

PAMM Reaches Out To Area Taxi Drivers

Cab drivers got a treat at the Pérez Art Museum Monday, when employees passed out coffee and donuts to show drivers where to drop passengers.
Credit Rachel Morello / WLRN

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 AmericanAirlines Arena.

That’s the site for Museum Park -- the Pérez Art Museum, PAMM, along with its future neighbor, the Frost Museum of Science. 

Because of ongoing construction, PAMM is difficult to find. To show taxi drivers exactly where they can drop off their customers, PAMM gave away free coffee and donuts to cabbies Monday morning. 

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Transportation
6:55 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Miami-Dade Moves Forward With Some Changes To Taxi Operations, Sits On Others

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The Transportation and Aviation Committee met 

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.

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.

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Transportation
4:54 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Credit Cards In Cabs? 'Not So Fast,' Say Miami-Dade Drivers

Protesting taxi cab drivers gather outside Government Center in downtown Miami.
Credit Arianna Prothero/WLRN

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.

The program basically creates a higher set of standards for taxis and drivers, or “ambassadors,” who serve Miami International Airport and PortMiami. One of those changes would require cabs to take credit cards.

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Transportation
6:30 am
Fri September 20, 2013

How Hailing A Cab In Miami-Dade May Be About To Change

Miami-Dade taxis servicing two of the county's tourist hubs, MIA and PortMiami, could soon be required to take credit cards.
Credit John Davey/Flickr

Miami-Dade commissioners want to make some big changes to the county’s taxi industry.

A slew of reforms are on the table, and county leaders are going to be taking a hard look at them on Tuesday.

Here’s the rundown on what might change:

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