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Release date: 5/19/11

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (Muni) and the regulation of taxis, today announced that it will host a series of six town hall meetings beginning Wednesday, June 1 on two topics, electronic waybills and additional permits (medallions). These town hall meetings follow a similar set conducted in May regarding other taxi industry issues. All industry professionals as well as taxi customers are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, June 1

First meeting: 1 to 4 p.m.

Second meeting: 6 to 9 p.m.

Monday, June 6

First meeting: 1 to 4 p.m.

Second meeting: 6 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8

First meeting: 1 to 4 p.m.

Second meeting: 6 to 9 p.m.

The first four sessions on June 1 and June 6 will address:

  • Electronic waybills for San Francisco taxis: whether the SFMTA should require electronic reporting based on GPS data instead of the paper trip records currently used by taxi drivers.
  • Additional taxi permits (medallions): whether the SFMTA should enact policies to increase taxis in San Francisco and which policies should be enacted.

The final two sessions on June 8 will review and summarize input from the previous meetings. Staff will then present a recommendation based on this input to the SFMTA Board of Directors at a future Board meeting.

All town hall meetings will be held at the following location:

1 South Van Ness Avenue

2nd Floor, Atrium

Nearby Muni Routes: 6, 9, 14, 47, 49, 71, F Market, Metro—Van Ness Station

In addition to the town hall meetings, those interested may attend the Taxi Advisory Council (TAC) meeting at 1 p.m. held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the same location.

Those who cannot attend any of the meetings and who still wish to participate are encouraged to e-mail their comments regarding the aforementioned topics by Friday, June 3 to

The SFMTA will be conducting regular taxi town hall meetings at least once a month to seek input from all interested parties on ways to improve the taxi industry. The topics to be discussed at these meetings will be posted in advance at the SFMTA Web site.

The SFMTA encourages all San Francisco residents and visitors to always hire a San Francisco taxi. Legitimate local taxis are easy to spot by the label “San Francisco Taxicab” on the side and rear of each vehicle as well as by the prominent display of the taxi medallion and the driver’s identification. By choosing a San Francisco taxi, customers are assured that they will have a safe ride in a vehicle that has received regular inspections and is properly insured. Customers have the added benefit of knowing that they are supporting their local taxi drivers.

All customer complaints should be reported to 311. For more information about San Francisco taxis, please visit

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