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CT Officials Expect $1.8B This Year for Transportation Priorities

By Metro Taxi on April 15, 2014 3:22 PM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
Glastonbury engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, which has been hiring lately as a result of a boom in construction projects, is providing program management services on the I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement project, which includes construction on the Q Bridge. Road and bridge improvements will dominate the state's transportation priorities through 2018, officials said today.

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Montreal to Hold Public Hearings on Safety Measures for Taxis

By Metro Taxi on April 13, 2014 6:36 PM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
ONTREAL -- The city of Montreal will examine new safety measures for the taxi industry and other reforms in a series of public hearings that start on Tuesday. Presented as a public consultation on improving safety inside taxis, the city's announcement says the process will also broach the image of the taxi industry, the need for training and modern equipment, regulation changes and the fight against illegal drivers. Mayor Denis Coderre pledged to hold hearings and implement new safety measures by June after attending the funeral of slain taxi driver Ziad Bouzid in November. The father of three was found with a gunshot wound to the head inside his cab in the Côte-des-Neiges district. Michel Duchaussoy faces a second-degree murder charge. "The municipal authorities had promised at the time to think about the question of drivers' safety and we welcome the news that the mayor is keeping his word," said Dominique Roy, the president and general manager of Diamond Taxi, where Bouzid worked.

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Taxi Drivers Protest Rideshares as Government Mulls New Regulations

By Metro Taxi on April 11, 2014 7:37 AM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
ar horns honked and tempers flared as around 30 taxi cabs circled around the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday [Wed/9], protesting what the cabbies call lax regulations of rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. "They're totally unfair competition," said cab driver Jonathan Khin, a 20-year cabbie who came to San Francisco decades ago from Burma. "They don't have to pay regulations and fees that we do." The drivers complaints over the rideshares, known legally as Transportation Network Companies, were many: the TNCs don't provide adequate insurance for drivers, don't have the number of cars regulated (like cabs are), and don't have to pay regulatory fees that cabs currently pay. This all leads to an uneven playing field, and the taxi cab industry is getting creamed.

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Time Still Left for New Haven Restaurant Week 2014

By Metro Taxi on April 9, 2014 5:32 PM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
Be sure to Follow us on Twitter & Like us on Facebook to get the latest on participating restaurants & their menus. Nearly 30 of downtown New Haven's award-winning and internationally diverse restaurants are featuring $18 lunch and $32 dinner prix fixe menus. Participating restaurants will offer a multi-course, prix fixe menu typically consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Make reservations as early as possible. Don't wait because restaurants are sure to book quickly. Click here to make reservations

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Easter Bunny Trolley Coming to the Shore Line Trolley Museum

By Metro Taxi on April 5, 2014 8:15 AM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
April 12-13, 18-19 10:30AM-4:30PM; Trolleys leave every half hour Adults: $10.00, Seniors (62+): $8.00, Children (2-15): $6.00, Under Age 2: Free NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED! The Easter Bunny will be at the Shore Line Trolley Museum on April 12-13, 18-19, 2014. Families will ride a 100-year-old beautifully restored trolley to meet the Easter Bunny on his very own trolley car! There will be springtime crafts too! Plan on spending about an hour minimum at the museum to visit the Bunny, complete the crafts and of course take lots of pictures! Additional historic trolleys will be on display for you to walk through and explore.

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London Taxi Drivers Back Clean-Air Campaign

By Metro Taxi on April 4, 2014 9:21 AM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
London taxi drivers are joining a campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of city air pollution. The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) is backing the campaign, led by Clean Air in London. "Our members spend long periods of every day exposed to some of the most polluted air in Europe and would welcome any and every opportunity to clean up what is effectively their office," said Steve Mcnamara, general secretary of the LTDA. "We urge the mayor and Transport for London to remove unnecessary restrictions on the taxi fleet and deliver substantial funding to incentivize the rapid introduction of zero emission capable taxicabs. London can lead the world in 'green' transportation and building public understanding of air pollution."

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Disabled Riders Face Regulatory Hurdle: Handicapped-accessible Taxi Service Stalled

By Metro Taxi on April 2, 2014 8:58 AM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
GUILFORD -- Peter Coppola straps himself into his electric wheelchair and rides an automatic ramp into a handicapped-accessible taxi about once a month. He is a user of Metro Taxi's handicapped-accessible taxi service, which operates in the New Haven and Bridgeport regions. Since New Haven became the first city in the state to offer handicapped taxi service in 2009, his social life has improved. "I think it was two or three years of just being stuck in the apartment," Copolla said. "The only time I'd ever get out was to go to the doctor's office." Coppola, 50, uses the service to travel from his home in Guilford to dinner in New Haven, to haircuts and other activities. He plans to use it later this month to see a concert at Toad's Place in New Haven with a friend who is visiting from Boston. "When you're in a wheelchair, you really appreciate it when you get to go somewhere," Coppola said. The Greater Waterbury Transit District wants to bring a similar service to the nine towns it serves. Dr. Yvonne Smith-Issac, chairwoman of the transit district, said disabled residents would use the service for many reasons, from emergency doctor appointments to seeing friends.

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Behind the Wheel of Accessible Cab in New York City

By Metro Taxi on March 30, 2014 9:13 AM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
On any given day, Cristian Palomeque will have dozens of people jump into his cab, the vast majority of whom will be forgotten once the fares are paid. And he picks up another gentleman from the Hilton Hotel on a fairly regular basis, after the man leaves work. "When I'm around [the area] like 10:30, they send me that job and I know him...I know where he's going." What makes these fares memorable to Mr. Palomeque isn't just one's advanced age or the other's regular calls; it's that both men use wheelchairs and rely on his modified medallion taxi to travel the city on their own terms, an often challenging task for those with a disability.

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Virginia Tech Students Working to Make Cars Greener

By Metro Taxi on March 30, 2014 8:22 AM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
The university's Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team showed off the latest green technology at its event "Innovation Under the Hood: Roanoke's Green Car Show." Saturday afternoon, Church Avenue's parking lot turned into a showroom for alternative fuel vehicles including hybrids and electric cars. All major manufacturers were represented. The team says events like these raise awareness about the need to adopt a cleaner way of getting around. "We feel like we're really able to make an impact on the Roanoke community and raise awareness and really bring these new technologies to the forefront of peoples' thoughts," organizer Chris Bonelli told Your Hometown News Leader.

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Japanese Airline to Power Jets with Pratt Turbofan Engines

By Metro Taxi on March 28, 2014 11:17 AM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
ANA Holdings, parent of Japanese airline All Nippon Airways Co., will purchase Pratt & Whitney PurePower engines to power 30 A320neo Airbus planes, Pratt announced. The deal marks the first time a Japanese airline has ordered the PW1100G-JM engine, specifically, according to Pratt in Connecticut.

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New Haven's 10 Best Cultural Restaurants: Great Connecticut Dining

By Metro Taxi on March 25, 2014 9:25 PM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
Home to one of the world's most famous and well-respected educational institutions, Yale University, New Haven is open to a wealth of cultural influences that are prevalent in its architecture, art and cuisine - eating out in the city is a truly multicultural experience, as dining spots range from Ethiopian fare to all-American eats. Here are ten of the best cultural restaurants in New Haven, Connecticut.

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NYPD to Train Cabbies in New Sergeant-Taxi Driver Partnership

By Metro Taxi on March 24, 2014 7:28 AM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
NYPD sergeants will be training city cabdrivers on how to protect themselves against violent passengers and farebeaters, as well as teach them methods for handling high-stress situations that could lead to road rage and accidents. The cabbies and cops also plan to work together to combat offenses ranging from low-level crime to terrorism in a unique partnership between the Sergeants Benevolent Association and the Greater New York Taxi Association that will be announced Wednesday. "Police officers and taxi drivers are on the streets of New York together all day and night," said Ethan Gerber, executive director of the GNYTA. "And we want to be the eyes and ears helping the police as much as we can."

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Top Lawmakers Lament Lack of Better Transit

By Metro Taxi on March 21, 2014 11:27 AM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
STAMFORD -- Legislative leaders disagreed Wednesday morning about whether Connecticut's economy is moving forward or backward as a result of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's business growth strategies, but concurred that a failure to boost spending onMetrol-North Railroad's New Haven Line was taking a toll on the state. "I accept responsibility for voting for bills in an effort to try to balance the budget took money from theSpecial Transportation Fund and that was a bad decision," said state Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden. "Not only do we have to maintain the infrastructure, we have but expand it."

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New Haven Restaurant Week Returns April 6-April 11, 2014

By Metro Taxi on March 18, 2014 8:56 PM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
Be sure to Follow us on Twitter & Like us on Facebook to get the latest on participating restaurants & their menus. Nearly 30 of downtown New Haven's award-winning and internationally diverse restaurants are featuring prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Participating restaurants will offer a multi-course, prix fixe menu typically consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Make reservations as early as possible. Don't wait because restaurants are sure to book quickly.Click here to make reservations

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Bradley Airport 1% Busier in 2013

By Metro Taxi on March 16, 2014 8:06 PM Comments: 0 | Trackbacks: 0
Passenger counts at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks increased 1 percent in 2013, as the facility finished the year with four consecutive months of growth, according to figures released Friday. The Connecticut Airport Authority took over operational control of Bradley in July from the state Department of Transportation, fulfilling a two-year promise that started when the legislature passed a law creating the new quasi-state agency that was supposed to be more nimble and market-responsive. The 2013 passenger growth came largely on increases in enplanements and deplanements after the authority took over control. Counts increased 1 percent in September, 4 percent in October, 3 percent in November, and 20 percent in December.

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