November 27, 2011

NEWS: 'Pink Taxi' in Puebla, Mexico

PUEBLA, MEXICO - Oct. 19, 2009 - Pink Taxi de Puebla is a women-only taxi company in the city of Puebla, Mexico. The 35 car fleet is driven by women and serves female passengers exclusively. Unwanted attention and sexual harassment from male taxi drivers is cited as the main motivator behind this privately funded project. If it proves successful, it may expand to other cities. In 2007 a similar project was attempted in Mexico City, but failed to get off the ground. There the city offers women-only buses and subway cars during rush hour.

NEWS: AMR's 'Home for the Holidays' Reunites Families at Thanksgiving

MOBILE, ALABAMA - Nov. 24, 2011 - Home for the Holidays is a program that helps reunite shut-ins with family during important seasonal holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. The program is an initiative provided by American Medical Response (AMR). They use their EMT's and ambulances to provide free non-emergency medical transportion for selected individuals living in assisted living facilities to be home with family to celebrate the holiday. AMR is involved in a number of projects and programs that provide assistance to individuals and communities across the United States and abroad. The following video is one example of the Home for the Holidays program helping a woman in Mobile, Alabama to be home with her family this Thanksgiving. For a similar story see: Nursing Home Patients Come Home for the Holidays (KVVU - Las Vegas).

November 26, 2011

SHARED RIDE: Haiti's 'Tap Tap' Buses

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - The 'Tap Tap' buses of the Caribbean nation of Haiti are brightly painted buses or pick-up trucks that operate as a shared ride service. Tap Tap means literally 'quick, quick'. At main pick-up points, drivers will wait until the bus is filled to capacity before leaving. They follow fixed routes where passengers can disembark at any point of the trip. The vehicles are privately owned, and the industry operates largely unregulated. Many foreign governments warn their citizens visiting Haiti to avoid using Tap Taps because they are considered to be mechanically unsound, overloaded, and unsafely operated; but in a poor country where only 3% of the population owns a motor vehicle and is inadequately served by other public transportation, Tap Taps are a popular mode of travel for Haitians. The vibrant artistry on the Tap Tap buses is part advertising, part display of the owner's life and values, as well as the artist's own self expression. Even though the paint job is a relatively expensive investment that might be replaced in a few months, passengers often choose Tap Taps with the freshest and best artistry; assuming that an attractive bus will also be a well maintained and reliable one.

VIDEO #1: Haiti's 'Tap Tap' Bus Art Flourishes After Quake (PBS)


VIDEO #2: Colourful Bus Rides in Haiti (AlJazeera-English)

November 22, 2011

Cairo Taxi Drivers and the Arab Spring

CAIRO, EGYPT - The following video is part of the BBC documentary: How Facebook Changed the World: The Arab Spring. The program shows the pivotal role social media and video sharing websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube played in the Arab Spring of 2011. In the opening minuets of the video, some of the the Egyptian activists discuss the unwitting role Cairo taxi drivers played in the revolution that would eventually topple the regime, but because only 20% of Egyptians had access to the internet, the activists had to find other ways to get their message out. One strategy was to make use of the Cairo taxi driver's gift of gab, but instead of appealing to them directly the activists took the surreptitious approach of letting the taxi drivers overhear cell phone conversations about planned protest activities, and then let the taxi drivers (believing they had just heard a coveted piece of secret information) spread the news. For a different perspective on the life of Cairo taxi drivers read my post about the documentary film El Bondera.

VIDEO: How Facebook Changed The World [3/4] (0.00 - 1:45)


YouTube - How Facebook Changed the World: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 |Part 4

November 20, 2011

NEWS: AMR Run Nebraska Medicaid Brokerage Experiences Problems

OMAHA, NEBRASKA - On May 01, 2011, American Medical Response (AMR) began functioning as the Nebraska Medicaid Program contracted transportation broker for Medicaid and long term care clients. Prior to that time, clients arranged for their own trips directly with non-emergency medical transportation providers. AMR was brought in to streamline services and reduce costs, but when the changes came into effect they were overwhelmed with calls. The Nebraska Public Service Commission received several complaints. Disabilities advocate and consultant, Mary Angus says that many users experienced long wait times for calls and frustration over trip eligibility changes that had also come into effect at the same time. AMR eventually hired on additional staff to address these problems. For more information see: Ride Requests Overwhelming.

VIDEO: Disabled Riders Irked with New State Transportation
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November 13, 2011

Wyoming Taxi Cab Services

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Casper - Casper Cabs - Casper
Cheyenne - T.I. Shuttle - Cheyenne
Jackson Hole - Broncs Taxi - Jackson Hole, Teton County, Yellowstone
Jackson Hole - Old Faithful Taxi - Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, Grand Teton

Wisconsin Taxi Cab Services

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Eau Claire - Eau Claire Taxi - Eau Claire,Chippewa Valley
Madison - Badger Cab - Madison, Shared-Ride available
Madison - Green Cab of Madison - Madison, Shared-Ride available, hybrid fleet
Madison - Madison Taxi - Madison
Madison - Union Cab - Madison, Wheelchair Accessible Vans Available
Racine - Racine Taxi - Racine
Viroqua - Running Inc. - Wheelchair accessible vans available
Wisconsin Dells - Wisconsin Dells Taxi - Wisconsin Dells

West Virginia Taxi Cab Services

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Charleston - C&H Taxi - Kanawha County

Washington State Taxi Cab Services

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Bellingham - Yellow Cab - Wheelchair accessible vans available
Seattle - Airport Taxi - Seattle
Seattle - Bellevue Taxi - Seattle
Seattle - Green Cab - Seattle, King County
Seattle - Orange Cab - Seattle
Seattle - Farwest Taxi - Seattle, King County
Seattle - Seattle Taxi Service - Seattle
Seattle - Stita Taxi - Wheelchair accessible vans available
Seattle - Yellow Cab - Wheelchair accessible vans available
Spokane - Airport Cab/Busy Bee Taxi - Spokane
Spokane - Anderson Taxi - Spokane
Spokane - Bill's Friendly Rides - Spokane
Spokane - Chris's Taxi - Spokane
Spokane - Super Save Taxi - Spokane
Tacoma - King Cab - Tacoma, Pierce County
Tacoma - Tacoma Orange/Checkered/Cascade Taxi - Tacoma, Seattle
Tacoma - Tacoma Transportation - Tacoma
Tacoma - Yellow Cab/Broadway Cab - Tacoma. Pierce County
Tri-Cities - Tri-City Taxi - Pasco, Kennewick, Richland

Virginia Taxi Cab Services

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Alexandria - Alexandria Union Cab - Alexandria
Alexandria - Alexandria VIP Cab - Alexandria
Alexandria - Alexandria Yellow Cab - Alexandria
Arlington - Arlington Blue Top Cabs - W/C accessible vans available
Arlington - enviroCAB - Hybrid vehicles
Arlington - Red Top - W/C accessible vans available
Blacksburg - Hooptie Ride - Driving service, vintage vehicles, Blacksburg, Grundy
Charlottesville - Access Taxi - Charlottesville
Fairfax - Fairfax Taxicab - Fairfax County
Fairfax - Fairfax Yellow Cab - Fairfax County, W/C accessible vans available
Floyd - Helping Hands Transit - Southwest Virginia, Wine tours available
Hampton Roads - Andy's Taxi - Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth
Loudoun - Dulles Taxi - Loudoun County
Lynchburg - Allied Cab - Lynchburg, Limo service available
Manassas - Manassas Cab - Manassas, Prince William County
Newport News - Orange Cab - Hampton Roads area
Norfolk - Norfolk Checker Taxi - Norfolk
Reston - Reston Taxi - Reston
Reston - Taxi Virginia - Reston, Herndon, Vienna, Fairfax, Centreville, Chantilly
Richmond - Deb's Taxi Service - Richmond
Richmond - Diamond Taxi Cab - Richmond
Richmond - Gentleman Taxi - Richmond, Glen Allen
Richmond - Glen Allen Cab - Richmond
Richmond - Go Girl Taxi Cab - Richmond
Richmond - Innsbrook Cab - Richmond, Glen Allen, Shortpump, West Creek
Richmond - Napoleon Taxicab - Richmond
Richmond - Manhattan Taxi Cab - Richmond
Richmond - Player's Taxi - Richmond
Richmond - Richmond Airport Flyer Taxicab - Richmond
Richmond - Richmond Star Taxi Cab - Richmond, Glen Allen, Shortpump
Richmond - Richmond Taxi - Richmond, Glen Allen
Richmond - Richmond Taxi Service - Richmond, Chesterfield
Richmond - Taxi Cab - Richmond
Richmond - Veterans Cab - Richmond
Springfield - Springfield Yellow Cab - Fairfax Co.,W/C accessible vans available
Virginia Beach - AA Cab - Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach - Atlantic Coast Cab - Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach - Beach Taxi - Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach - Black & White Cabs - Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach - Yellow Cab - Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Chesapeake
Winchester - Polly's Cab - Winchester
Woodbridge - Yellow Cab - Prince William County, Stafford, Quantico

Vermont Taxi Cab Services

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Burlington - AAA Taxi - Burlington
Burlington - Champ's Taxi - Burlington
Burlington - Everywhere Taxi - Burlington
Burlington - Green Cab VT - Burlington, hybrid & alternative fuel vehicles
Burlington - New England Taxi - Burlington
Burlington - Recession Ride Taxi - Burlington
Burlington - Vermont Discount Taxi - Statewide
Dartmouth - Big Yellow Taxi - Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee / Upper Valley area
Stowe - Stowe Taxi - Stowe

Utah Taxi Cab Services

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Ogden - Yellow Cab of Ogden - Ogden
Park City - 649-Taxi - Park City
Park City - Music City - Park City
Park City - R Taxi - Park City
Saint George - Ready Cab - St. George
Salt Lake City - Areo Transportation - Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City - Ute Cab - Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City - Yellow Cab - Salt Lake City, Park City, Sundance
Utah County - City Taxi - Orem, Provo Lehi, American Fork, Pleasant Grove

Texas Taxi Cab Services

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Abilene - Abi Taxi - Abilene
Austin - Austin Cab Co. - Austin
Austin - Lone Star Cab - Austin
Austin - North Austin Taxi - North Austin
Austin - Taxi VIP - Austin, Williamson County
Austin - Yellow Cab - Austin, W/C accessible vans available
Carrollton - Carrolton Taxicab - Carrollton, Addison, Lewisville, North Dallas
Cedar Park - Cedar Park Taxi - Cedar Park, Leander, Jonestown, Lago Vista
Clear Lake - 24 Hour Airport Taxi - Clear Lake
Copperas Cove - Cove Taxi - Copperas Cove, W/C accessible vans available
Dallas/Ft. Worth - Alamo Cab - Dallas/Ft. Worth
Dallas/Ft. Worth - Cowboy Cab - Dallas/Ft. Worth, Plano, Frisco, Addison,
Dallas/Ft. Worth - Dallas Taxi - Dallas/Ft. Worth
Dallas/Ft. Worth - DFW Airport Taxi - Dallas/ Ft. Worth, limo services available
Dallas/Ft. Worth - DFW Quick Taxi - Dallas/Ft. Worth
Dallas/Ft. Worth - Executive Taxi - Dallas/ Ft. Worth
Dallas/Ft. Worth - Frisco Yellow Cab - Dallas/Ft. Worth, Frisco, Plano, Irving
Dallas/Ft. Worth - Top-Notch Taxis - Dallas/Ft. Worth
Dallas/Ft. Worth - Yellow Cab - Dallas, Ft. Worth, Frisco, Plano, Irving, Richardson
El Paso - United Independent Cab - El Paso
Galveston - Yellow Cab - Galveston, W/C accessible vans available
Houston - 24 Hour Airport Taxi - Houston
Houston - A1 Houston Taxi - Houston, limo service available
Houston - Houston Airport Taxi - Houston
Houston - Liberty Cab - Houston
Houston - My Taxi Pal - Houston
Houston - Taxis Fiesta - Houston, Pasadena
Houston - United Cab - Houston, W/C accessible vans available
Houston - Yellow Cab - Houston, W/C accessible vans available
Humble - Humble Taxi - Humble, Atasocita, Kingwood, Sumerwood
McKinney - Taxi Now - Collin County
New Braunfels - Aloha Taxi - New Braunfels, Buda, San Marcos
New Braunfels - Tony's Taxi - New Braunfels
Pasadena - 24 Hour Airport Taxi - Pasadena
Pasadena - Pasadena Taxi - Pasadena
Pearland - 24 Hour Airport Taxi - Pearland
Plano - Collin Texas Taxi - North Dallas Area
Plano - Plano Discount Taxi - Collin County
Rosenberg - Rose Rich Taxi - Rosenberg, Richmond
Round Rock - Ace Taxi - Round Rock
Round Rock - A Cheap Taxi - Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto, Geogrgetown
San Antonio - AAA Taxi - San Antonio
San Antonio - National Cab - San Antonio
San Antonio - San Antonio Taxi - San Antonio
San Antonio - San Antonio Wheelchair Taxi - W/C accessible vans available
San Antonio - Yellow Cab - San Antonio. W/C accessible vans available
Wichita Falls - Skylark Taxi - Wichita Falls

South Carolina Taxi Cab Services

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Aiken - Aiken Taxi - Aiken County
Beaufort - ADR Taxi Cab - Beaufort and Jasper County
Beaufort -
A Taxicab - Low Country, Sea Islands
Charleston - Absolute Charleston Airport Taxi - Charleston
Charleston - Charleston Black Cab - Charleston
Charleston - Charleston Classic Transportation - Charleston, Kiawah Island
Charleston - Charleston Green Taxi - Charleston
Charleston - Freemon Transportation - Charleston
Columbia - Accure Taxi - Columbia
Columbia - Deluxe Cab - Columbia
Columbia - Original Blue Ribbon Taxi - Columbia
Myrtle Beach - Broadway Taxi - Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach - City Cab - Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach - D & K Taxi - Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach - Myrtle Beach Cab - Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach - Myrtle Beach Discount Taxi - Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach - Myrtle Beach Taxi - Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach - Resorts Transportation - Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach - Rock Star Cab - Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach - Affordable Cab - North Myrtle Beach
Rock Hill - Carolinas Cab - York County, W/C accessible vans available

Oregon Taxi Cab Services

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Bend - Checker Cab - Bend, Redmond
Bend - Twilight Taxi - Bend
Coos Bay - Yellow Cab Taxi - Coos Bay, Read More...
Eugene - Budget Taxi - Wheelchair accessible vans available
Eugene - Eugene Hybrid Taxi - Eugene
Eugene - Eugene Taxi Service - Eugene
Eugene - Oregon Taxi - Eugene, Springfield
Hillsboro - Pacificab - Wheelchair accessible vans available
Medford - Veterans Cab - Medford
Portland - Broadway Cab - Portland
Portland - Green Cab - Wheelchair accessible vans available
Portland - Portland TaxiCab - Portland
Portland - Radio Cab - Wheelchair accessible vans available
Portland - VIP Taxi - Portland, Beaverton
Portland - Yellow Cab - Wheelchair accessible vans available
Stayton - Santiam Taxi - Stayton, Salem, Silverton, Albany

Pennsylvania Taxi Cab Services

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Bridgeport - Main Line Taxi - Bridgeport, Limo services available
Erie - Erie Yellow Cab - Erie, W/C Accessible Vans Available
Lancaster - Friendly Transportation - Lancaster
Milford - Milford Tri-State Taxi - Milford, Matamoras, Westfall, Shohola
Philadelphia - Philadelphia Taxi - Philadelphia, Limo services available
Philadelphia - Philly Taxi - Philadelphia
Philadelphia - PHL Taxi - Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester
Philadelphia - Victory Dispatch - South Philadelphia, limo service available
Philadelphia - Victory Taxi - Philadelphia
Philadelphia - Yellow Cab - Philadelphia, limo services available
Pittsburgh - Yellow Cab - Pittsburgh, W/C Accessible Vans Available, limos
Scranton - Posten Transportation - Scranton
Upper Merion - Cabs Valley Forge - Upper Merion Township, King of Prussia