Portland Will Get New Taxis for the First Time in 10 Years

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If this increase in the number of taxis means that there's an increase in my chances of finding a cab driver who knows how to navigate to fairly major intersections like 39th and Division without my having to give turn-by-turn instructions, then I welcome it. Criminy, people, it's not even a large city!
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Apparently council also bumped up the per-mile rate from $2.30 to $2.60. One might have hoped that an increase in competition would yield lower fares.
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Belmont, when the city is setting rates, supply and demand kinda don't matter.
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Taxis!
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@tODD's first comment: Last time I took a cab home from PDX, dude straight up handed me his GPS and had me type in the address, didn't even ask where we were headed.
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Belmont, those are maximum rates, not required rates. There is nothing stopping a taxi company from setting lower rates. They tend not to, of course, because there is so little competition.