Representative Projects

Charlotte, NC, USA

Airport Ground Transportation Review for Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

CLT is a major international hub airport in North Carolina, and the 8th largest by passenger number in the USA. The airport has experienced an increase in passenger numbers with an increasing demand for Ground Transportation. Ground transport services licensed at the airport currently include Taxis, Limousines, Shuttles and bus transit services.

TRP were contracted to undertake a review of the provision of Ground Transportation at CLT, the market in which it is supplied and the contractual arrangements currently in place. The study also included a review of the impacts of Transportation Network Companies in the market for airport Ground Transportation.

The work included public intercept surveys, using tablet computers, stakeholder and drier interviews, and operational data analysis. The work also included the application of the TRP Ground Transportation Market Model, an econometric model of airport GT services.

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Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Taxi Cost Model

Taxi Research Partners have been active in the development and application of a taxi cost model for the city of Glasgow for seven years. The original cost model, developed by TRP with Edinburgh Napier University set out an econometric approach to testing driver income and demand impacts arising from a change in fare.

Glasgow City Council engaged TRP to update the taxi cost model to account for changes in the structure of the market, including changes to the fleet and vehicles available.

The work included a detailed review of the operating costs experienced by Glasgow taxi drivers, and a review of the production costs of taxi services in the city. The work concluded with a recommendation of a slight fare increase which was adopted by the city licensing board.

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Houston, TX, USA

Baseline Taxi Market Study

The Department of Administrative and Regulatory Affairs at the City of Houston (ARA) engaged the Taxi Research Partners to undertake a detailed analysis of the taxi market in the City of Houston. The study included a detailed review of the market, public opinion and use of taxis.

The review also included a data led assessment of the market supply, and allows for a baseline of services to be determined at a point of significant change to the supply of taxi services, with the introduction of TNCs to the city, and the extension of municipal code to facilitate TNC operation.

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San Diego, CA, USA

Taxi Meter Rate Standardization Study

The Metropolitan Transit System San Diego (MTS) is an integrated transit provider responsible for the provision of bus and trolley (light rail) services, and the regulation of taxis throughout the city and county of San Diego, and surrounding cities within the MTS area.

Taxi fares in the city had varied from company to company, within a defined maximum based on an historic measurement, with a separate measurement for taxi fares for services from the San Diego International Airport. TRP was contracted to undertake a detailed review of taxi fares for the MTS, identifying the economic, social and community benefits of moving to a standardized fare across the city's taxis.

The work entailed a series of surveys of the public, stakeholders, and regulators. The work also developed a local cost model structure allowing for the MTS to test the impacts of changes to the fare structure

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Toronto, ON, Canada

Taxi Vehicle Accessibility

The City of Toronto defines an expectation of its bus and paratransit vehicles to be accessible, and, by extension, encouraging accessibility in its taxis, and across its for hire services. Working with the City, the Toronto Transit Commission, WheelTrans and the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transport, our team were able to recommend a robust and forward looking plan for increasing accessibility in the Vehicle for Hire market. The city has adopted and now has one of the strongest structures for accessibility in taxis of any North American city.

TRP were engaged to undertake a social and economic review of accessibility in the Vehicle for Hire market, and make recommendations pertaining to vehicle design and access. The team undertook a series of public and stakeholder surveys, allowing for the development and application of a cost model demonstrating that, rather than loose money, an accessible fleet may result in a positive net gain to drivers and operators who moved to accessible vehicle types.

TRP has undertaken accessibility audits, accessible engineering and social impact studies for the cities of Houston, Toronto, Washington DC, and accessible access studies for the Governments of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the UK Department for Transport, and local authorities in Dumfries and Galloway, the Highland Council, and Glasgow.

Also for the City of Toronto Municipal Licensing Standards (MLS), Taxi Research Partners undertook a detailed economic review of taxi supply in the city. The work concluded with a cutting edge Taxi Market Model allowing for current and future tests of scenarios reflecting potential change to the licensing and market conditions in which taxis operate.

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Belfast, NI, UK

DOE Northern Ireland: Taxi rank and night time rank location modelling

The taxi research team undertook and GIST model based review of taxi stand supply in the city of Belfast. The review considered the impacts of a change in licensing policy on the supply of taxis in the city, and the designation of taxi ranks as places for accessible taxi engagement.

The review reported on the current and predicted use of the taxi ranks in the city, including the definition of proximity to demand locations, an effective draw of any given stand, and the appropriate location and facilities at each. The review included the characteristics of demand affecting the night time economy as well as, different, demands on taxi use during the day.

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Atlanta, GA, USA

Taxi Study

Under contract with Nelson Nygaard, the Taxi Research team are developing a taxi supply and econometric model for the City of Atlanta.

The models provide a direct overview of the effectiveness of supply throughout the city area and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest passenger airport in the world.

Using specialist econometric modelling designed by the taxi research team we also report and recommend on the levels of taxi fares and meter rate overhauls appropriate to the city.

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Nashville, TN, USA

Metro Nashville Taxi/PVH Study

Under a subcontract with RPM Transportation, we contributed its econometric modeling expertise in processing electronic service and fare information as well as cost data from the driver survey in assessing how driver revenue compared with driver costs.

This analysis culminated in the recommendation for a meter rate increase.

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DOE Northern Ireland, UK

Review of taxi fares and taxi fare structure

The Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland (DOE) is the national taxi regulator for Northern Ireland. The regulator is responsible for bringing forward taxi reform and developing new policy and legislation to bring into effect the powers contained in the Taxis Act (NI) 2008.

The Taxi Research team undertook detailed reviews of taxi fares practice internationally, including locations in the USA, to develop a taxi fare algorithm and tariff structure. The work included detailed market assessments, impacts review, and propensity to supply analysis. The work is now in the process of adoption for the Northern Ireland taxi market.

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Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Market review and unmet demand study

The work for the city of Aberdeen marked a new level of analysis within the team combining traditional demand modelling, based on the SUD analysis undertaken in other locations, with a detailed GIST based model of demand locations, taxi ranking facilities and use.

The work culminated with recommendation on taxi license number, review and rank facility optimisation and city rank location.

Similar Projects:

  • City of Perth
  • City of Stirling

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Republic of Ireland

National Transport Authority, Taxi Rank Review

The NTA, formerly the Commission for Taxi Regulation in the Republic of Ireland is the national regulation body for taxicabs and Hackneys.

The taxi research team undertook a detailed study as a part of an ongoing framework, to identify taxi demand at taxi stands, optimal location characteristics and engineering impacts. The team developed an Ireland specific taxi at stand demand model, applied throughout Ireland, identifying city and regional supply of stands, integration and development

Similar projects:

  • Dublin Airport Authority, airport taxi supply model
  • Athlone taxi supply model
  • Cork taxi at stand demand model
  • Waterford taxi at stand demand model
  • Monaghan taxi at stand demand model
  • Dublin St. Stephens Green redevelopment taxi supply model, with City of Dublin Council

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Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Significant Unmet Demand Studies (PCN Demand review)

Studies of Significant Unmet Demand (SUD) map directly on to their US equivalents, the PC&N. The studies are intended to identify the appropriate numbers of medallions (plates/licenses) where license caps are in place.

The SUD study is a legislated requirement set out in the Civic Government (Scotland) Act, 1982, with similar legislation applying to England and Wales. Taxi at demand reviews are also a feature of similar work completed in the Republic of Ireland, detailed below.

Our taxi specialists have has a significant record in carrying out such studies in the period since 2003 and has contributed to the development of new approaches and theories in their measurement. The study for Glasgow is one example of such a review, completed in Scotland’s largest city.

The group recommended changes to both the numbers of licenses and the development of alternatives to direct changes to medallion numbers including measures improving the efficiencies of the existing fleet.

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