Any new major road project coming out of downtown, especially Broadway, should include plans for a light rail extension, rather than 8 lanes of traffic. Including light rail will bring with it the federal dollars to get the job done. Anything less would extremely shortsighted. On the other hand, Broadway between Campbell and Euclid cannot remain as it is.
While Tucson needs some oversight of taxis, just limiting the number of cabs is not the answer. There needs to be a holistic approach to oversight that includes livery services (limos, town cars, shuttles) as well as taxis. Creating a medallion systems without examining other issues (customer service, driver standards, cab stands, uniform rates, oppressive cab companies) will only create a monopoly that abuses independent contractor cab drivers, perpetuates poor customer services, and reduces entrepreneural opportunities for those who do not wish to work/contract for a larger cab company.
Mr. Leighton would do well to examine all aspects of livery and taxi transportation before proposing knee-jerk reaction regulation that ill-serves the public, while creating an even more oppresive environment for cab drivers and does nothing to address the unethical and illegal business practices of the larger Tucson cab companies. There are a lot of resources, case studies, and research that would allow Tucson to get this issue right, and become a model for other cities. Let's not disenfranchise passengers and hardworking cabbies by giving a free pass to the larger taxi companies and creating an untenable bureauracy.
For some background on the cab business in Tucson, please visit my blog at www.tucsoncabstand.blogspot.com
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