Part of a two-phase demand survey, the Seattle City Council wants your feedback on a staple industry of Capitol Hill: cabs, for hire vehicles including new-fangled offerings like Uber, Sidecar and Lyft, and town cars.
A group called the Tennessee Transportation & Logistics Foundation is collecting the cabbie surveys for the City of Seattle and King County in association with a group called Taxi Research Partners. The answers you give on the questionnaire will help the City Council’s “Taxi, For-Hire and Limousine Regulations Committee to improve taxis and similar services,” according to a council release.
CHS gave their survey a look through – taking us about 10 minutes to complete – and found questions revolved around taxis, for hire vehicles, town cars/limos and how often people use them and for what. Some find the survey set-up biased against car services. Let us know if you agree.
Some questions CHS noted on the survey include:
- Have you used a Taxi, For Hire Vehicle or Limousine/Town Car in Seattle or elsewhere in King County within the last 12 months?
- Have you used a for hire vehicle?
- How easy is it to get a ride from a Taxi, For Hire Vehicle or Limousine/ Town Car in Seattle or elsewhere in King County?
- How long do you think you SHOULD wait to be picked up catching a ride from a bar at midnight on a weekend?
Not too bad right? If you are interested in providing your own feedback the survey can be found here.
The collected feedback will be presented to the City Council in August ending the first phase of the survey. The council will ultimately “study the effectiveness of the current regulatory environment for taxi and for-hire services in the region and analyze how alternate models of regulation would affect key stakeholders,” the release adds. But the council doesn’t plan on making recommendations until phase two wraps.
Originally having two to four street surveyors on a given day, the research group has now moved data collection entirely online. The group Taxi Research Partners — working as an associate on the survey — specialize in transportation analysis according to their website. The site adds the group has “unrivaled experience in delivering unique analysis focused on demand assessment, market reviews and GIS modeling for national, regional and city administrations worldwide.” The City’s release expands on the operation:
Tennessee Transportation & Logistics Foundation (TTLF), in association with Taxi Research Partners, is performing the survey on behalf of the City and the County. The City Council’s Committee on Taxi, For-Hire and Limousine Regulations is working with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services to study the existing market for taxi, for-hire and limousine services, the current approach to the regulation of these services and potential modifications to this regulatory structure.