SFMTA to readdress issue of adding 125 new cabs on Tuesday 

A motion to add 125 new taxis to San Francisco streets will go back before the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for approval on Tuesday after getting pushed back for a month and a half.

The SFMTA, which regulates cabs in San Francisco, was originally supposed to take up the issue on June 21, but the hearing was delayed to gather more industry feedback. At its board meeting Aug. 2, the SFMTA will decide whether to add 125 new medallions — operating permits that allow their owners to lease out cars to other drivers.

Currently, there are about 1,500 medallion holders in San Francisco, and 7,000 registered drivers (a medallion holder can lease out his car to multiple drivers). Adding 125 new cabs to the streets would increase the overall fleet by about 8 percent.

Advocates for increasing medallions say that finding a cab is very difficult in The City (particularly during weekends) and adding more cars will ease that shortcoming. Opponents of the plan, mostly current drivers, say that competition is already stiff enough for potential fares, and adding more cars will make it harder to earn a living as a cabbie.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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