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October 15, 1990
Now that the Maryland Public Service Commission has bowed to the inevitable by granting Baltimore County cab drivers a rate increase to cover skyrocketing gas prices, you can bet Baltimore city cab rates won't be far behind. We wouldn't mind paying more per mile if we only could get a cab; this city undoubtedly has the worst taxi service in the region.Why that's so is a mystery -- especially given that neighboring Washington has excellent service and even in the suburbs along the Baltimore-Washington corridor, a taxi is just a phone call away.
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NEWS
August 7, 2014
The Maryland Public Service Commission's decision this week to classify the ride-sharing service Uber as a common carrier is probably not the end of the story as to whether the company will continue its operations in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Uber has said it will appeal the decision, and the PSC itself ordered regulators to begin crafting new rules for for-hire companies in a tacit recognition of the changing nature of the industry. Ultimately, what needs to emerge is a compromise that allows consumers to continue to benefit from Uber's innovative business model (and others that may come after it)
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
The Tipsy? Taxi! service from Yellow Cab, which offers free cab rides on several holidays throughout the year, is returning to Baltimore on New Year's Eve. It'll be the fourth year in a row the service, which has been criticized for being sluggish and dropping calls, will be offered in the city. On the 31st,  the Charm City Circulator with also have extended hours. Tipsy? Taxi!, sponsored by Yellow Cab, AAA Mid-Atlantic, and this year, the Motor Vehicle Administration, aims to keep drunk drivers off the road on drinking holidays.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2014
State regulators on Tuesday rejected rate increases for taxis and ordered all operators to install new credit-card-reading smart meters by the end of the year. The Maryland Public Service Commission said the new meters will bring more predictability and better service to customers hailing cabs in Baltimore city and county, while providing better financial data for use in future rate reviews. The commission cited the lack of reliable data as a major reason for rejecting rate increases.
NEWS
March 27, 2010
CHICAGO - Federal prosecutors charged a Chicago cab driver on Friday with attempting to provide funds for explosives to al-Qaida and discussing a possible bomb attack on an unspecified stadium in the United States this summer. Raja Lahrasib Khan, 56, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin, was charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. - Baltimore Sun News Services
NEWS
March 6, 1991
Community Cab Service, still a one-car operation, has expanded to add Hampstead to its routes.Owner Russell Brannan operates out of aMain Street address in Manchester, already serving that town.The service is available 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., by calling 374-1000.
NEWS
October 10, 1990
WESTMINSTER - City Council members have approved an emergency 25-cent rate increase for the Westminster Taxi Service, effective from Oct. 10 through Jan. 10.The increase, requested by the company due to higher gas prices after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, will be reviewed at that time to determine whether it should become permanent."
NEWS
By Staff report | November 14, 1990
WESTMINSTER - Customers aired complaints about discrepancies in Westminster Taxi Service fares and pickup delays at Monday's City Council meeting.Citizen complaints began in October when the taxi service owners, Agnes Reynolds and Sterling "Pete" Petry, requested a rate increase to cover rising gas prices.Linda May told officials she paid $3 to go from her Sullivan Avenue home to Malcolm Drive Sept. 6 and $2.75 for the same trip Sept. 18. "I would agree to the charge if I would always pay the same fee," she said.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2013
A toddler was hit and killed by a taxi on Liberty Parkway Friday and died in the hospital, according to Baltimore County police. Anthony Calius Sering, 4, entered the road around 6 p.m. between two parked cars and was hit by the Silver Cab of Baltimore taxi, which was traveling south near Dunmanway, according to police. The boy, who lived near the site of the incident, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was pronunced dead at 9:43 p.m. Police identified the driver as Jesse James Guy, 43, of the 3400 block of Parklawn Avenue.
NEWS
By Kate Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2010
The Celentano family knows the irreversible dangers of drunken driving all too well. In 2001, Jerry Celentano's 18-year-old daughter, Alisa, was killed in a crash involving a drunken driver. "She had her entire life ahead of her, and in a split second, life as we knew it was no more," he said Thursday at a Baltimore event to raise awareness for the fifth annual Tipsy? Taxi! campaign. "Alisa lost her life to a preventable crime." With his wife standing nearby holding their daughter's senior portrait, Celentano spoke of his family's painful experience and urged Baltimoreans and their visitors to take advantage of the Tipsy?
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
The voice of the water taxi operator off Canton came over the radio Wednesday morning. "We're taking on water," he said. "I think sinking or capsizing is imminent. " Emergency responders listening to their radios at a nearby pier immediately shifted into gear, readying themselves for the start of a mock exercise rescuing dozens of overboard victims in the Inner Harbor. The energy was apparent, if somewhat awkward. "You want to try to do good on these things," said Skip Minter, a longtime boat pilot for the Baltimore Fire Department, whose job was to maneuver out to the training scene — dozens of life jackets strewn about in the water — and return the "victims" back to shore.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Emergency personnel will converge on Inner Harbor waters near Canton on Wednesday as part of a staged water taxi disaster, an event geared toward assessing rescue capabilities and practicing response techniques. Between 8 a.m. and noon, first responders from various federal, state and local agencies will be rescuing flotation devices and "dummies" representing casualties or adrift taxi passengers in water near the 3200 block of Boston St., the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management said.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
The city of Annapolis has ordered Uber, the company behind a popular ride-sharing application, to stop its service in the capital until it registers as a taxi company. Mayor Mike Pantelides said Monday it's important for Uber to follow the same regulations as the taxicabs that operate in Annapolis. "I'm happy to know there is another means of transportation that will help increase our city's mobility efforts, but I must also be diligent in insisting that they are regulated, just like our taxicabs, in an effort to keep our citizens and visitors safe," Pantelides said in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
More than 30 Maryland cab companies filed a lawsuit Thursday against the popular ride-sharing company Uber, alleging antitrust violations and demanding an unspecified amount of damages for upending the state's cab industry. The lawsuit, filed late Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court, joins a string of legal actions against Uber as traditional taxicab companies and regulators across the country confront the company's cheaper and consumer-friendly army of drivers. Led by five major cab companies and their drivers, the lawsuit contends that Uber's surge-pricing model is akin to price-fixing, that its refusal to abide by traditional cab regulations creates an unfair marketplace, and that taken together, the company has interfered with cabdrivers' relationships with their clients.
NEWS
June 26, 2014
Mobile technology is changing the way we communicate, shop, work and travel. Ride-sharing companies such as Uber are bringing much needed choice and competition to a stagnant taxi industry that has failed to advance with the times ( "Uber to file long appeal of Maryland proposal to regulate it as taxi operator ," May 29). Unfortunately, Maryland regulators have also failed to modernize the antiquated policies that restrict access to convenient, affordable transportation options and increased economic opportunities.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
Uber Technologies still has a lot to say about the Maryland Public Service Commission's plan to regulate it and other popular rideshare companies as taxi operators — and the regulating agency will hear the company out. Uber, which has said it will leave the state if the changes introduced last month go into effect, notified the commission Tuesday that it plans to appeal the proposal. On Wednesday, the day the changes would have taken effect, the commission granted the company's request to write a 60-page appeal before a decision is made.
NEWS
June 26, 2014
Mobile technology is changing the way we communicate, shop, work and travel. Ride-sharing companies such as Uber are bringing much needed choice and competition to a stagnant taxi industry that has failed to advance with the times ( "Uber to file long appeal of Maryland proposal to regulate it as taxi operator ," May 29). Unfortunately, Maryland regulators have also failed to modernize the antiquated policies that restrict access to convenient, affordable transportation options and increased economic opportunities.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2012
A Baltimore jury convicted a 27-year-old man of first degree rape for using a rouse to lure a woman into his car and then raping her at knifepoint. Michael D. Glenn was found guilty of first-degree rape, first-degree assault, use of a deadly weapon and other sexual offenses in the May 8, 2011 incident, the Baltimore City State's Attorney's office said Friday. Prosecutors say Glenn posed as a hack taxi driver and picked up a woman, offering to transport her to her destination in exchange for a fee. But he drove her to Leakin Park instead, and put a box cutter to her neck, repeatedly threatened to kill her and raped her. Glenn will be sentenced on April 4. He faces a maximum of two life terms plus 38 years in prison.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
The rideshare company Uber has launched services in Annapolis, despite having threatened to leave Maryland over potential regulatory changes. The company, which connects users of its smartphone app to drivers looking for fares and handles all associated transactions electronically, already operates in Baltimore. It opened all its services - uberX, UberBlack and UberSUV - to the Annapolis market Wednesday. Shwetha Rajashekara, Uber's general manager for Maryland, said the company has watched interest in its app grow in Annapolis and thought this weekend, with Naval Academy events underway, would be a good time to launch in the state capital.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Charges against Navy junior midfielder Gabe Voumard related to a confrontation with a taxi driver last month have been dropped, coach Rick Sowell said Friday morning. “All those charges were dropped - every last one of them,” Sowell said. “Obviously, things came out, but we knew the story was crazy. We're excited, and he's going to be a big part of our offense next year in his senior year. We're expecting big things out of him, and we're happy for him and his family, that all of this is behind him and that he can move on with his life and becoming the best lacrosse player he can be. He's looking forward to graduating this time next year and being commissioned.” Anne Arundel County police had said they arrested Voumard, 22, for threatening a taxi driver with a butter knife April 20. Police had charged Voumard with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
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