According to AZ
Our state has allowed the Lyft and Uber App Consultants to come into Arizona and hire an influx of drivers. These drivers do not have the same compassion or goals of an experienced and professional Taxi driver. Although there is room for multiple companies with different ideas, this has been a huge dysfunction to seniors who actually live in Phoenix, Arizona. It is understood that technology is constantly growing but there are elders who just don’t understand how to use
I find it quite interesting that we have a whole article discussing how the taxi business is consistently declining because of Lyft and Uber. Why won’t anyone discuss how to maintain the taxi business with Uber and Lyft here in Arizona. Not one person acknowledges we’ve had this type of service for more than 50 years and it has been successful, but the minute the smartphone and the internet became very popular legislation forgot about the seniors. Yes, the seniors that hold approximately 30% of the Arizona population. These are the people that help elect the officials that put aside their needs and went the companies that will line their pockets with cash. This is a huge disservice to our senior citizens.
Yellow Cab, AZ (so far) has remained consistent, they have not tried to change their whole platform to emulate Lyft and Uber. Unlike Discount Cab which at one point was the largest taxi fleet in Arizona, decided that they were going to try to mimic Lyft and Uber. Presently. in 2019, Discount Cab is no longer. They have gone out of business and have put lots of taxi drivers out of work which has left senior citizens struggling for transportation. For those that stayed in the business they know that there are ups and downs in this industry and we can overcome because there is a market for taxi drivers today.
There are many seniors that do not receive service because they don’t know how to get the service that they need. Most often these seniors are left by themselves without receiving the proper medical care or able to shop because the system has left them stranded. I was able to find information on how most people can apply for the Dial-a-Ride program. This program has been around for a while, matter-of-fact it is very popular within the taxi industry. With a little research and a little time, I was able to find a website that will link you to the information. If you have a family member or know of a senior that needs assistance, please share this information. Better yet, help them with the application process online it only takes minutes. Please visit, www.valleymetro.org for information and to complete the application. The website also has maps, schedules (www.valleymetro.org/system-map) and trip planner(www.valleymetro.org/trip-planner) that helps seniors plan their trips. This program will also allow pick up by Yellow Cab. Next week, during Thursday Taxi Talk we will discuss the different programs offered in the Valley and how you can help a senior get signed up to use the benefits.