There's an old joke around town that if you need a taxicab in a rush and all three are busy at the same time, you're in trouble.
It isn't quite that bad, but anyone who has ever attempted to get a cab in a hurry in Baltimore knows that it's a chancy thing, and often as not you can get where you're going as quickly by walking as waiting for a cab. Yesterday's Evening Sun story about the woes of Baltimore cab drivers underscores the problems of this woebegone business. In a nutshell, gas prices are going through the roof but fares are staying at the same rate they have been for the past six years. The drivers/owners have to absorb the loss. In the meantime, hardly a week passes that we don't read of another robbery resulting in injury or death to a cab driver. Little wonder it's hard to get a cab in Baltimore.