By Paul Berger Paul Berger The Wall Street Journal BiographyPaul Berger @pdberger [email protected] May 29, 2018 5:50 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Angry taxi drivers gathered outside City Hall on Tuesday to call for tighter regulation of ride-hailing services like Uber following the suicide of five cabdrivers in as many months. Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, said the influx of ride-hailing cars over the past few years has driven down wages, forcing many drivers to the brink of despair. Ms. Desai’s group is calling for a cap on the number of ride-hailing cars on city streets. It also wants the city to raise wages by making minimum metered fares uniform across all of the industry. Many drivers say their earnings have plunged since the introduction of ride-hailing competition. “We’ve never seen this level of desperation,” said Ms. Desai, whose group organized the rally days after a body pulled from the East River … [Read more...] about New York City Taxi Drivers Rally for Limits on Uber
Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post Published 1:30 pm, Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Photo: A24 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Director-writer Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke, playing a pastor, on the set of "First Reformed," a movie that marks a departure for the 71-year-old filmmaker. Director-writer Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke, playing a pastor, on the set of "First Reformed," a movie that marks a departure for the 71-year-old filmmaker. Photo: A24 Paul Schrader, the writer of 'Taxi Driver,' shifts gears with 'First Reformed' 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Paul Schrader's résumé ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. At the sublime end is the filmmaker's 1976 screenplay for Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated "Taxi Driver." Then there's his 2013 directing credit for "The Canyons," a pulpy, … [Read more...] about Paul Schrader, the writer of ‘Taxi Driver,’ shifts gears with ‘First Reformed’
File photo - A New York City taxi cab drives through Times Square in New York March 29, 2016. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) A string of five apparent New York taxi driver suicides in five months has advocates concerned about the impact of Uber and Lyft, as well as the loans cabdrivers have relied on to purchase taxi medallions. Yu Mein Chow was mourned by friends and family this weekend after his body was found floating in the East River — it’s believed that he jumped to his death after being unable to make a payment on the $700,000 loan he took out in 2011 to pay for his taxi medallion. New York City’s cab industry has been dramatically transformed by the influx of around 70,000 Uber and Lyft cars over the last six years. The competition has forced some taxi drivers, most of whom are immigrants, to work 12 to 15 hours shifts while watching their wages plummet. Another driver shot himself on Feb. 5 outside City Hall after penning a Facebook post that blamed the … [Read more...] about String of New York taxi driver suicides raise concerns as Uber, Lyft proliferate
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByNikita Stewart and Luis Ferré-Sadurní May 27, 2018 On a corner of 86th Street and East End Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, three posters for a missing man were still hanging on a lamp post about a block from the East River. That was where the police found the man’s parked taxicab, the biggest investment of his life. The man, Yu Mein Chow, had taken out a loan seven years ago to buy a $700,000 medallion that gave him the right to operate a cab. Mr. Chow, 56, who lived in Queens and went by the nickname “Kenny,” disappeared on May 11. His body was found floating in the East River about nine miles south, near the Brooklyn Bridge, on Wednesday. Friends and family members believe Mr. Chow jumped to his death, adding to a string of apparent suicides of traditional taxi and livery drivers in … [Read more...] about Another Taxi Driver in Debt Takes His Life. That’s 5 in 5 Months.
Taxis line up at McCarran Airport. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal)@bizutesfaye Taxicab ridership and revenue continued to plummet last month in Southern Nevada, according to figures released this week. More than 1.54 million taxi trips were reported in April, a 8.8 percent drop from the same period in 2017, the Nevada Taxicab Authority reported. The region’s 16 certified taxicab companies reported a combined $27.2 million in revenue last month, down 10.2 percent from April 2017. Year-to-date, 6.17 million taxi trips were logged during the first four months of 2018, down 12.8 percent from the same period last year. During that time, revenues were down 14 percent at $98 million. The local taxicab industry has reported monthly declines in revenue and ridership ever since so-called transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft were legally allowed to operate in Southern Nevada in September 2015. Contact Art Marroquin at [email protected] or … [Read more...] about Taxi ridership, revenue continued to fall in April