As The Sun reported this morning, the number of taxicabs -- legal ones, at least -- is now at a record low for modern times in Baltimore. This news comes as no surprise to anyone who has called a cab in recent months; as often as not, you could get to your destination more quickly by walking.
There is little question that the fare increase now pending before the Public Service Commission is merited by recent increases in gasoline prices. But such an increase will almost certainly drive more customers to illegal cabs, which can charge lower fares because they don't have to carry insurance or keep their cars in safe condition. So goes the vicious cycle.
Yes, the PSC should increase the rates, but it should also initiate a thorough study to see why cab service is so much poorer in Baltimore than in cities of similar size.