random gambling thought
For example I was reading this story in the Philadelphia inquirer about the impact of gambling in Chester, PA and the very last line got me thinking. Their mayor implies that the the city has recently regained a local taxi service that is attributed to the local gambling industry.
Whether that is true or not, it got me wondering: what will the impact of gambling be on local taxi service here. Taxi service has always been a little peculiar here. Unlike many large cities, it is nearly impossible to hail a cab and taxi stands are limited to only a few locations. The project to start a taxi service you can hail from the street seems to have ended long ago for the most part. Overall I am sure we have fewer cabs per capita than most other large cities with chronic complaints about limited service in some neighborhoods. The association of jitneys, which are essentially unlicensed taxis, with Pittsburgh is not accidental.
A local gambling industry will certainly induce a new level and type of demand for taxi service. Just wondering whether what that will mean for taxi service in general. Will it induce greater service that will provide spillover benefits to local residents, or will it soak up the limited taxi service there is now, leaving local users with even less service?
I realized I did not even know what taxi service is around these days. I checked the phone book and supposedly People's Cab is still around. I swear I have not seen a people's taxi in years or decades. What other taxi services are in town besides the ubiquitous Yellow Cab?