On April 26, 2012, Council approved allocation of additional taxicabs to Lone Star and Austin
Cab Companies. On July 1, 2012, forty five additional taxicabs went into service as a result of
that action. Thirty additional franchise permits were allocated to Lone Star Cab Company and
an additional fifteen franchise permits to Austin Cab Company. At the September 27th
meeting, Council directed staff to conduct a statistical analysis of the impact of those 45
additional permits and report back to Council with its findings.
ATD has compiled data responsive to this direction by collecting and analyzing data reported
by all three local taxicab franchises. This analysis takes into consideration miles traveled,
paid miles, passengers transported, total fares, taxi hours on duty and total trips provided.
However, this analysis does not consider some factors that either could not be verified or
could not be consistently applied. Those factors include tips received, terminal fees paid, as
well as fuel purchases. It should also be noted that there was an increase in taxi rates (from
$2.10 to $2.20 per mile), taxi wait times (from $27.00 to $29.00 per hour), as well as an
approved $1.00 per-passenger surcharge (peak hour) that affects earnings in 2012.
Council also expressed an interest in whether or not this analysis would include data for the
additional taxicabs from at least one major special event. Due to the fact that monthly reports
conclude on the final day of each month, and the requirement to provide an analysis to
council prior to the November 1st meeting, data from the Austin City Limits (ACL) festival
could not be included in this analysis. An updated report will be provided when this data is
The analysis includes the months of July, August and September. In comparison with 2011,
there was an increase of 6% in the number of taxicabs that could operate, the total number of
trips by taxi decreased by 1%, and the total amount of fares collected increased by 1%. This
is consistent with the data on taxi trip origination collected at the airport. The reports showed
that the number of hours worked for the period went up by 13%, significantly above the
expected 6% increase for the new permits.
More detailed information can be found here.