When Ray Mundy, the director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, came to Austin this week to formally present his study of Austin’s cab services, he was greeted with the local version of a welcome basket: two lengthy public meetings, a spate of communication with citizens, and a letter from the opposition that called his efforts into question.
Of course, he didn’t exactly make it easy on himself. “I’m pretty much biased toward the taxi industry,” he said before he landed in (mostly) enemy territory. “I think it’s a very vital one.” Cab drivers, plus vocal representatives of the largely unregulated pedicab community and the currently illegal low-speed electric vehicle shuttle services (see “Doing the Electric Slide,” April 29), say they’re the ones being hurt by that bias.
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