Taxi?

No Cabs at Port

Yesterday afternoon I went to the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) to pick up a couple coming in from Salt Lake City. As I pulled into the taxi area at Terminal C I noticed that there were too many cabs in the first taxi staging.

I was stopped by an airport police woman. I explained that I was there to pick up what is called a personal, and she waved me through. As I passed by the main fenced in taxi staging area I asked two of the cabbies what was going on. They told me that they were on strike.

I knew that drivers, belonging to the taxi union, were upset because the SJPD was now requiring that drivers re-test when applying for new permits, but no, this was something else. The guys told me that they felt the shuttle vans were getting all the good out of town calls, and all they ever got were the short rides going into town. (about a $15 ride)

When I got to the pick up spot there was one limousine, one shuttle van, and a line of people looking hopefully at me.

I was not able to get back to observe how long the cabs were out of action. I’m sure their stunt will manage to get the intended reaction from the airport, the SJPD, and City Hall. I don’t know if the cabbies are planning another strike, but I do know the drivers will not give up without a fight.

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