The City of Glasgow has invited Taxi Research Partners to undertake a review of the taxi fares charged in the city. Following a long and successful relationship between TRP and the city, Glasgow has again asked the company to undertake a review of the taxi fares charged in Scotland’s largest city. The work builds on the taxi cost model developed by TRP lead analyst Dr. Cooper, and applied in the city over the past 10 years.
The District of Columbia Department of For Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has asked Taxi Research Partners to return to the city to develop and extend our existing research program with the Department. TRP duties will include the development of a Taxi Transport Demand Model, Assessment of the DFHV successful Neighborhood Ride Service program, and the development of new services within the District.
The contract extends a highly successful relationship between TRP and the District, both with the DFHV and earlier analysis for the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission (2013-2016). ur work is significant in that it extends the concepts commonly applied to Transportation Modeling, to both the traditional taxi, a mode largely omitted from the classic 4-stage transport model; and accounts for the presence of new transportation modes including Transportation Network Companies, such as Uber and Lyft; Neighborhood and Demand Responsive Transportation.
"Our work on behalf of the District provides a number of unique challenges”, says Malcolm Usher, TRPs technical analyst, “covering the traditional taxi and its interface with new modes of transport.” Indeed the challenge of developing a successful taxi and TNC element to a transportation model will indeed increase the application and potential f transport analysis, with the rapid growth of TNC services, and the opportunities and challenges these provide. The TRP team has incorporated a live analysis of transport data, GIS and current leading edge transport modeling to contribute to service development and successful regulation by the DFHV.
Transport and Taxi Research Partners is proud of its role in the Taxi Group at the US Transportation Research Board.
The 2014 group meeting, held in Washington DC over the weekend of January 12th, 2014 has further cemented taxis as part of the national research agenda. Sub-Committee chair, Dr. James M. Cooper led the annual taxi research workshop in Washington D.C. with an expert panel and audience. The workshop concentrated on the opportunity and issues arising in the rapid growth of Taxi smartphone applications, including those operating within the Taxi market, and those offering alternative forms of transport including Limousines, Sedan vehicles and the separate supply of private individuals offering rides in their own vehicles. Many of the expert comments made in the 3 hour session were carried through to the Sub-Committee executive meeting held the following day.The group highlighted the many significant research issues affecting the taxi industry, and highlighted the legitimate toile of the taxi as a significant form of transportation.
“We are not seeking to suggest the taxi has a more significant role or importance compared to other forms of transportation”, said Cooper, “but it is at least as import ant. We are defining a detailed research agenda on that basis, and pushing, through the auspices of the Transportation Research Board, serious recognition of this mode.
The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies is the US government research institute for transportation. It is supported by national ant international transportation departments and regularly attracts in excess of 12,000 participants to its annual research meeting. The taxi subcommittee is one of the TRB thematic and modal groups (committees and sub-committees) and comprises experts from academic, regulator, operator, public and consulting backgrounds.
Taxi Research has played an active role in the development of the group in 2011 and its rapid expansion to date.