Re: [xTransit] Fwd: shared taxis
On 31 Dec 2005, at 15:58, Simon@...,
> --- In NewMobilityCafe@yahoogroups.com, Simon NortonEnsure, where possible, the shared taxi system is operated as part of
> <S.Norton@d...> wrote:
> Shared taxis are part of the solution if they replace cars, part of
> the problem
> if they replace walking/cycling or public transport. How do we
> ensure that they do the former ?
the public transport network (eg accepting travelcards / season
tickets / fare concessions).
Some "taxibus" services are shown on public transport maps, but these
are usually "non shared" taxis which are heavily subsidised, or DRT
(Demand Responsive Transit) which is sometimes subsidised to insane
levels. The South Yorkshire Rural Transport Map, for example, shows
"taxibus" operating areas - users are expected to transfer to a bus
or train to reach main towns such as Doncaster or Sheffield.
Integration has to be the key - we cannot have shared taxis being
thought of as a new competitive transport system, rather as plugging
a gap where buses cannot go, or go so infrequently as to be
irrelevant to most people (honestly... how useful is an hourly local
bus service to anyone when we all have so many places to go and so
many things to do?).
As for "smaller vehicles"... could we go "shared transport" in the
evenings in towns and areas of towns that don't support evening
services? What if we used the normal buses to provide such a service
in the evenings rather than having a separate fleet of vehicles? (I'm
not thinking double deckers here, more Midi and Solo buses). In a
small to medium sized town, a bus could be got to you in 10-15
minutes when "ordering" one.
In fact (and you can probably tell I'm thinking aloud here), wouldn't
the "shared taxi" line of thinking be more suitable for towns and
small cities in the first instance? Suburbs of larger cities could
follow later, and I am unsure as to whether this will ever be right
for major city centres, unless we get rid of taxis...
Anzir Boodoo MRes MILT Aff. IRO
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