100 extra cabs to hit San Francisco streets for Pride weekend 

click to enlarge Hail forecast: The extra permits mean 1,600 cabs will be available for Pride. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Hail forecast: The extra permits mean 1,600 cabs will be available for Pride.

The 1 million people expected in San Francisco for this weekend’s Pride events will have the benefit of extra cabs to get around.

Roughly 100 permits will be released to taxi companies Sunday for the 42nd annual Pride parade, a gathering celebrating LGBT individuals. As a result, more than 1,600 cabs will be out on the streets.

The extra permits are being issued for the second straight weekend — about 100 more cabs than usual were on patrol for the U.S. Open golf tournament at the Olympic Club.

Following the success of that endeavor — the first time extra permits were issued for a special event — the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency elected to approve the use of spare cabs for Sunday’s parade.

Brendan Behan, executive director of SF Pride, said the move is a great idea.

“Anyone who has tried to hail a cab during Pride understands that it can be a huge challenge,” Behan said.

Cab companies have advocated for the extra permits, saying the increase will better serve passengers and drivers.

Some drivers have expressed concerns about the plan, which will remove the availability of spare cars that could be used to replace broken-down vehicles.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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