You could see the dark clouds gathering Monday morning. Word had come down from somewhere near Michael Morris' Arlington compound that someone from the North Central Texas Council of Governments was going to make a contribution to the city's interminable discussion about regulating Uber, Lyft, Yell ... More >>
Tuesday night, in the packed chambers of the Dallas City Council, the public had its biggest say yet in the ongoing struggle to develop new regulations for car and taxi services in Dallas. Many in the crowd wore pink shirts in support of Lyft and one group brought along one of the company's signatur ... More >>
Eight months after nearly regulating Uber out of existence to protect Yellow Cab's near-monopoly in the city, Dallas is set to propose new taxi rules that sorta kinda resemble a free market. A draft of proposed "transportation for hire" regulations, crafted over several months by a committee led by ... More >>
Critics of Uber say that without the heavy hand of city regulation, the app-based limo dispatching company won't serve residents in poor neighborhoods. Critics of Yellow Cab complain that's pretty much how things often work now. For our look at living car-free in Big D, Amy Silverstein pitted Yellow ... More >>
For all the complaints about taxi service in Dallas -- drivers often refuse to take credit cards, they dislike short hauls and sometimes they're slow to arrive -- making a living driving a cab in Dallas can be an iffy proposition. For our look at living car-free in Dallas, Amy Silvertstein talked to ... More >>
Sooner or later, it's going to happen. A driver for Uber or Lyft is going to crash. People will be injured, property damaged. And then, some poor Dallasite with a neck brace and a stack of medical bills Dallas will discover just how lousy these ride-sharing apps do insurance. That's what people are ... More >>
We've all seen those desperate emails that Yellow Cab sent to Dallas City Hall last summer, using its influence there to demand that officials crack down on Uber, the digital-savvy car service. Poor Uber, the narrative went, just a little start-up under assault by the entrenched taxi industry. But ... More >>
New city manager promises transparency. Here's where he can start.
Bobby Abtahi, the guy who ran against Philip Kingston for the District 14 city council seat in East Dallas last time around, had an essay yesterday on the opinion pages of The Dallas Morning News castigating critics of City Hall. He lumped us all together as a new and burgeoning class of conspiracy ... More >>
Just how strict is Yellow Cab about putting safe, responsible cab drivers on the road? That answer depends on which day you're talking to Yellow Cab. On Tuesday, for instance, Yellow Cab's owner Jack Bewley gave a long speech at City Hall's special transportation meeting touting how safe and respo ... More >>
Today, in the first of three public forums on taxi and limo regulations, City Council members learned what has been clear since Dallas began its crackdown on Uber: The system, particularly for taxis, is completely rigged. That's partly by design. Historically, because cabs fill an important gap in ... More >>
Now that Dallas has been exposed for almost putting Uber out of business to make Yellow Cab happy, Dallas still plans to do something about Uber. What will be done is not clear. The City Council's Transportation Committee is scheduled to review Dallas' car-for-hire regulations next month. In the m ... More >>
All, right, that's it, I'm sick of this and I'm not going to take it anymore. Every other day The Dallas Morning News runs another op-ed piece by some unknown New York pinhead about who should be the next city manager of Dallas, and not once have they asked me. So I'm just going to go ahead and give ... More >>
All those brave, lonely nights in the back of an Uber car, acting like just another kid who needed a ride, all of those limo violations, all of that pretending: It was all a waste. Dallas is dismissing all the citations police had filed against Uber drivers. Uber's attorney Joel Reese got the new ... More >>
Everything looks different if you're John Barr. The mayor has released his investigation of city officials who worked to help Yellow Cab of Dallas combat an incursion into the Dallas marketplace of Uber, an app-based car-ride system that operates outside taxicab laws. Brantley has reported all of t ... More >>
Mayor Mike Rawlings and the new city attorney Warren Ernst want to hold a secret closed-door City Council session tomorrow on a question that has everything to do with the public interest. Watch closely to see how your council member votes. It's a big window. Yesterday we talked about some of the s ... More >>
Eric tells us this morning we have two southern Dallas clergymen, Stephen C. Nash, pastor of Mount Tabor Baptist Church, and Jerry C. Christian of Kirkwood CME Church, stepping from the pulpit to the street to denounce as racist plotters the company called Uber, which provides an app-based car-ride ... More >>
An NBC5 report last night shows just how desperate Yellow Cab Co. was to run Uber, the rider-summoned, smartphone-app car service, out of its territory. In emails dating as early as May, a lawyer for the biggest taxi company in North Texas hectored the city manager's office about citing Uber drivers ... More >>
City Hall does the taxi industry's dirty work to kill competition.
So tell me again. Dallas vice cops have been running undercover sting operations to protect the local taxicab industry from an app-based private livery service? Know what? I don't think that's really a story about livery services. That's a story about the vice squad. The vice crackdown on Uber, a w ... More >>
The city of Dallas doesn't buy Uber's oft-repeated claim that it's simply a technology company. Its lawyers made this perfectly clear to the company 10 months ago, when they warned the California-based purveyor of private driver apps to get taxi permits or shut down. Uber has done neither of those ... More >>
It's been more than three years since the City of Dallas first began moving CNG-powered cabs to the front of the line of taxis at Love Field. The protesters have long since vacated the City Hall plaza, and the city's attention has inevitably drifted. But through it all, the cabbies have never lost h ... More >>
Uber, the on-demand private-driver startup, was stirring controversy even before it launched in Dallas last fall. Local cab and limousine companies in particular were wary of the new competition, particularly since Uber considers itself a technology company and tends to ignore the onerous and costl ... More >>
Jack Bewley and Jeff Finkel have spent the last several years methodically strengthening their position in the Dallas taxi market. Their company, Irving Holdings, was established with the merger of five local cab companies. In 2007, they brought Freedom, Eagle, and Jet taxi companies. Earlier this y ... More >>
Patrick MichelsA tow truck operator loads one of seven stranded cabs hauled away from Love Field earlier tonight.When a crowd of independent cabbies kicked off their Super Bowl week boycott last week -- upset by the city's preferential treatment for CNG-powered cabs and frustrated their past strike ... More >>
Patrick MichelsFrom the cabbie protest at Dallas City Hall three months agoBack in March we were alerted to a cabbie strike out at Love Field Airport, when the members of the Association of Taxicab Operators protested the city's eventual vote that allowed compressed natural gas-powered taxis to h ... More >>
Back in March, you may recall, cab drivers at Love Field were none too pleased with the city council's decision to give compressed natural gas-powered taxis front-o'-the-line privileges at the airport. A month later, the Association of Taxicab Operators went to federal court to block the city fro ... More >>
Tomorrow, the Dallas City Council's Transportation & Environment Committee will take up taxis -- specifically, whether or not to cut cab companies a few big breaks in the middle of an economic downturn that's turned smack into oncoming business. According to briefing documents, calls to the a ... More >>
Revolution Bike Taxi
The Return of Al Lipscomb
For starters, why not help undo the crooked cab laws he helped pass?
What do you get for 50 bucks a meeting? Thomas Korosec sizes up the man and woman most likely to succeed Al Lipscomb.
Al Lipscomb is on trial for bribery. The real charge is "traitor."
From Al Lipscomb to Paul Fielding, it was hard to find straight talk in '96