T&E Item 1
July 20, 2017
Worksession
MEMORANDUM
July 18, 2017
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Transportation, Infrastructure, Ene~,d~nvironment Committee
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attome~
Worksession:
Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs -Licenses
Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs - Licenses, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council President
Berliner, was introduced on June 13, 2017. A public hearing was held on June 27.
Background
On July 21, 2015, the Council enacted Expedited Bill 53-14, Taxicabs - Licenses - Vehicle
Requirements - Driver Identification Cards. The Executive signed the Act on July 31, 2015, and
it became Chapter 39 of the Laws of Montgomery County 2015. The law substantially revised the
County's regulation of the taxicab industry. One of the objectives of the law was to increase the
number of accessible taxicabs serving County residents by specifically providing for the issuance
of additional licenses for accessible taxicabs, and requiring a plan to increase the number of
accessible taxicabs Countywide.
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In addition to requiring a plan to increase the number of accessible taxicabs in the County,
Section 3 of the law required the issuance of 100 new taxicab licenses, as follows:
(a)
(b)
(c)
25 to individuals who do not hold a license under this Chapter, and of these, eight
must be for accessible vehicles;
25 to fleets that hold fewer than 100 licenses, and of these, eight must be for
accessible vehicles; and
50 accessible vehicle licenses to a driver-owned cooperative fleet that the Director
determines is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53.
The law added a new subsection (e) to § 55-306, "Number of Accessible Taxicabs" to require the Director of DOT
to develop a plan for increasing the number of accessible taxicabs, with a goal of having 100% accessible taxicabs in
the County by 2025 unless the Director determines that goal to be impracticable.
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Of these licenses, many were approved for issuance but never issued because taxicab vehicles were
not placed in service as required by Section 53-227(b).
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As a result, the number of accessible
taxicabs operating in the County has not increased since the enactment of the 2015 law.
Expedited Bill 20-17 would provide that any applicant approved for issuance of a taxicab license
under Section 3 of Chapter 39 of the Laws of Montgomery County 2015 must be issued the license
if the applicant:
(1)
notifies the Department of its intention to place a vehicle in service under this
Section;
is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53; and
(2)
(3)
places a taxicab in service not later than January 31, 2019.
Public Hearing
There were six speakers at the public hearing on June 27. Fred Lees, Chief of Management
Services for the Department of Transportation, mentioned the Executive's full support of the goal
of the Bill, suggested that the 18 months allowed to put a vehicle in service was more than
necessary (©10). Dr. Seth Morgan, Chair of the Commission on People with Disabilities,
expressed the Commission's support for the Bill, as it addresses the ongoing problem of inadequate
availability of accessible taxicabs (©11). Becaye Traore (©12), Peter Ibik, and Nelson Biama, all
of MontCo Union Taxi, LLC all spoke in support of the Bill. They spoke of the challenges in
launching the drivers' cooperative and mentioned a National Capital Region Transportation
Planning Board grant that would allow them to purchase, in partnership with Regency Taxi, 12
accessible taxicabs. Christian Sweeney of the AFL-CIO also spoke in support of the Bill and
reiterated that the cooperative had faced unexpected challenges, including difficulty financing
vehicles. He added that the cooperative had secured grants to assist its operation.
Issues for Committee Discussion
1.
Should the Council extend the time for approved applicants to put taxicab vehicles on the
road?
As noted above, the issue of accessible transportation was discussed during the
consideration of Expedited Bill 53-14. The fact that TNCs are taking a growing share of the on-
demand transportation market from taxicabs and are not subject to the same requirements for
providing accessible transportation was a factor in the Council deciding to mandate the issuance
of a substantial number of new licenses for accessible taxicabs as part of that law.
If
the County is
going to achieve the goal, embodied in §53-506(e), of having 100% accessible taxicabs in the
County by 2025, it is going to have to play an active role in expanding the number of accessible
Subsection (b) of§ 53-227 provides that "each licensee must place a taxicab in service within 90 days after a license
is approved for issuance. Issuance of the license take effect when the vehicle is placed in service; if the vehicle is not
actually placed in service, the license has not been issued. The Director may extend the time to place a taxicab in
service for no more than 90 additional days:(l) to allow a vehicle to be retrofitted for use as an accessible taxicab; or
(2) in the case of a fleet, to allow the fleet to buy the taxicab and prepare it to be placed
in
service. The Director must
not otherwise waive or extend this requirement."
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taxicabs in service. Both this Bill and the implementation of Executive Regulation 1-17 (also on
the agenda for this worksession) should have the that effect.
MontCo Union Taxi, the drivers' cooperative approved for the issuance of the licenses
under Section 3(c) of Chapter 39 of the Laws of Montgomery County 2015 (the "2015 law"), has
secured grant funding that will allow it to put 12 accessible taxicabs in service in the near term.
The funding has been secured through the National Capital Region Transportation Planning
Board's "Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program" (see © 14) The
cooperative partnered with Regency Taxi to secure the grant, which is made to Regency and
conditioned upon an MOU between Regency and MontCo Union Taxi. Under this agreement,
Regency will provide the necessary matching funding to purchase the vehicles, and the drivers will
repay Regency for its initial outlay, plus 5% interest, over a two-year term. Once Regency has
recovered its costs, and the lien securing the grant funding has been removed, it will immediately
transfer ownership of the vehicles to MontCo Union Taxi.
With the addition of the taxicabs under the MontCo Union Taxi/Regency partnership,
extending the time as provided in the Bill will likely have the immediate impact of providing for
the licensing of 12 accessible taxicabs that are not currently serving passengers in the County.
Representatives of MontCo Union Taxi have also described plans to acquire additional accessible
taxicabs in coming months. Because of the near-certain positive impact ofincreasing the accessible
taxicab stock in the County by 12, along with the potential for additional taxicabs under the
cooperative' s plans, Council Staff recommends extending the time to put vehicles in service for
applicants approved under the issuance mandated by the 2015 law.
2.
Is January 31, 2019 the appropriate cut-offdate for placing a taxicab vehicle in service?
In his public hearing testimony, Fred Lees expressed support for the Bill's goal of getting
more accessible taxicabs on the road, but shared the Executive's view that extending the time for
individuals approved for these licenses to January 31, 2019 is "more than is necessary to
accomplish the goal." He referenced the provisions of §53-227(b), which allows a licensee 90 days
after a license is approved for issuance to place a taxicab vehicle in service. Under §53-227(b) the
Director may extend the time to place a taxicab in service up to an additional 90 days "to allow a
vehicle to be retrofitted for use as an accessible taxicab." This Bill will not modify that generally
applicable provision, but will only apply to the issuance provided for in the 2015 law. The limited
departure from the general rule in this instance represents an attempt to give full effect to the
decision made by the Council to issue these licenses in 2015.
At the public hearing, the Council heard from representatives of MontCo Union Taxi of
the challenges of establishing the new cooperative that was approved for the issuance of half of
the licenses in question. The cooperative' s representatives also mentioned that they had recently
secured grant funding to enable the enterprise to begin operation, including a $70,000 grant from
the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, as well as two grants from the Metropolitan
Washington Council of Governments' National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. In
addition to funding the purchase of 12 accessible taxicabs as discussed above, these grants would
provide about $150,000 for operating expenses (see ©15). With these additional resources,
MontCo Union Taxi expects to be fully operational very soon.
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The Bill's requirement that a taxicab vehicle be placed in service by January 31, 2019 takes
into account the cooperative's past struggles to launch, while still providing a definite end-date for
the validity of the approvals. Selecting the end-date with precision is impossible, and 18 months
is admittedly a significant departure from the up-to-180 days provided in the Code. Council staff
does not see any downside risk to this date, and allowing the extra time increases the likelihood
that more accessible taxicabs will be put into use. Given the increasing importance of expanding
the pool of transportation options for persons with disabilities, the extended period is warranted.
Staff recommendation:
Enact Bill 20-17 as introduced.
This packet contains:
Expedited Bill 20-17
Legislative Request Report
Fiscal and Economic Impact statement
Public hearing testimony
Fred Lees
Seth Morgan
Becaye Traore
TPB grant descriptions
Christian Sweeney memorandum, July 17, 2017
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Expedited Bill No.
20-17
Concerning: Taxicabs - Licenses
Revised: 06/05/2017
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Introduced: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Council President Berliner
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
(1)
provide for an extension of time to place a vehicle in taxi service for applicants for
certain taxicab licenses that were approved for issuance, but not issued; and
(2)
generally amend the laws governing the licensing and regulation of taxicabs.
By amending
Laws of Montgomery County 2015
Chapter 39
Section 3
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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EXPEDITED BILL NO.
20-17
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Sec.
1.
Section 3 of Chapter 39, Laws of Montgomery County 2015, is
amended as follows:
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Not later than January 1, 2016, the Director must issue 100 new
licenses following the procedures in Sections 53-205 and 53-210 as follows:
(a)
25 to individuals who do not hold a license under this Chapter, and of
these, eight must be for accessible vehicles;
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25 to fleets that hold fewer than 100 licenses, and of these, eight must
be for accessible vehicles; and
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50 accessible vehicle licenses to a driver-owned cooperative fleet that
the Director determines is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53.
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A license approved for issuance under Section
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but for which~ taxicab
vehicle was not placed in service, must be issued if the applicant:
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notifies the Department of its intention to place
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taxicab vehicle
in service under this Section;
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any of the 50 accessible licenses allocated to a driver-owned
cooperative under Section 2 are not [awarded] issued to the cooperative
by [June 1, 2016] January
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2019, either because the Director
determines that the cooperative is not a qualified applicant under
Chapter 53, or because the cooperative otherwise declines to obtain
them, the licenses [must] may be issued to individuals who do not
currently hold licenses under this Chapter.
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EXPEDITED BILL
No. 20-17
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The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate
protection of the public interest. This Act takes effect on the date it becomes law.
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Approved:
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Roger Berliner, President, County Council
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Date
Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy of Council action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Expedited Bill 20-17
Taxicabs
-
Licenses
DESCRIPTION:
Require the issuance of a taxicab license approved for issuance, but
not issued, under Section 3 of Chapter 39 of the Laws of Montgomery
County 2015, if the applicant:
(1)
notifies the Department of its intention to place a vehicle in
service under this Section;
(2)
is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53; and
(3)
places a taxicab in service not later than January 31, 2019.
The Council acted in 2015 to increase the number of accessible
taxicabs serving County residents, but that number has not increased.
Provide for the issuance of taxicab licenses approved for issuance, but
never issued, under Section 3 of Chapter 39 of the Laws of
Montgomery County 2015.
Department of Transportation
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMP ACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
NIA
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attorney
To be researched.
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ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
MEMORANDUM
June27,2017
TO:
FROM:
Roger Berliner, President, County Council
Jennifer
A.
Hughes, Director, Office ofM
Alexandre A. Espinosa, Director, Depart
FEIS for Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs - Licenses
SUBJECT:
Please find attached the fiscal and economic impact statements for the above-
referenced legislations.
JAH:fz
cc: Bonnie Kirkland, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa Austin, Offices of the County Executive
Joy Nurmi, Special Assistant to the County Executive
Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Information Office
David Platt, Department of Finance
Dennis Hetman, Department of Finance
Brady Goldsmith, Office of Management and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Expedited Bill 20-17 Taxicabs
1. Legislative Summary :
This legislation would provide for an extension of time to place a vehicle in taxi service for
applicants for certain taxicab licenses (license) that were approved for issuance but not issued.
On July 15, 2015, the County Council enacted Expedited Bill 53-14 and the County Executive
signed the act on July 31, 2015. One of the goals of the law was to increase the number of
accessible taxicabs serving Montgomery County (County) residents by issuing additional
licenses for accessible taxicabs. The law required the issuance of 100 new licenses:
25 to individuals who do not hold a license under this Chapter, and of these, eight must
be for accessible vehicles;
25 to fleets that hold fewer than 100 licenses, and of these, eight must be for accessible
vehicles; and
50 accessible vehicle licenses to a driver-owned cooperative fleet that the Director of the
Montgomery County Department of Transportation (DOT) determines is a qualified
applicant under Chapter 53 of the County Code.
Of the licenses that were approved for issuance, many were not issued because the vehicles were
not placed into service as required by Section 53-227(b).
Bill 20-17 would provide that any applicant approved for an issuance of a license must be issued
the license if the applicant: .
• Notifies DOT that he or she intends to place a vehicle in service under Section 3 of
Chapter 39, Laws of Montgomery County;
• Is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53; and
• Places a taxicab in service no later than January 31, 2019.
2. An estimate of changes in County revenues and expenditures regardless of whether the
revenues or expenditures are assumed in the recommended or approved budget. Includes
source of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
It is unknown how many additional licenses will be issued under this bill. Therefore,
additional revenues and expenditures are uncertain. Any additional revenue is expected to be
offset by additional expenditures to process the licenses.
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering at least the next 6 fiscal years.
Additional revenue and expenditures are uncertain.
4. An actuarial analysis through the entire amortization period for each bill that would affect
retiree pension or group insurance costs.
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5. An estimate of expenditures related to County's information technology (IT) systems,
including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
NI
A
6. Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures if the bill authorizes future
spending.
NI
A
7. An estimate of the staff time needed to implement the bill.
NI
A
8. An explanation of how the addition of new staffresponsibilities would affect other duties.
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9. An estimate of costs when an additional appropriation is needed.
NIA
10. A description of any variable that could affect revenue and cost estimates.
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11. Ranges of revenue or expenditures that are uncertain or difficult to project.
NI
A
12. If a bill is likely to have no fiscal impact, why that is the case.
The Taxicab Section processes the issuance and transfers of PVLs on a daily basis. The
potential issuance of the limited number of additional PVLs can be handled by existing
staff during normal hours. Fees Charged for issuing PVLs cover associated expenses.
13. Other fiscal impacts or comments. None
14. The following contributed to and concurred with this analysis: Fred Lees, Department of
Transportation and Brady Goldsmith, Office of Management and Budget
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Jennifer A~Hughes, Director: : \
Office of Management and'13udgei
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Economic Impact Statement
Bill 20-17, Taxicabs -Licenses
Background:
This legislation would provide for an extension of time to place a vehicle in taxi service for
applicants for certain taxicab licenses (license) that were approved for issuance but not issued.
On July 15, 2015, the County Council enacted Expedited Bill 53-14 and the County Executive
signed the
Bill
on July 31, 2015. One of the goals of the law was to increase the number of
accessible taxicabs serving Montgomery County (County) residents by issuing additional
licenses for accessible taxicabs. The law authorized the issuance of 100 new licenses:
25 to individuals who do not hold a license under this Chapter, and of these, eight must
be for accessible vehicles;
25 to fleets that hold fewer than 100 licenses, and of these, eight must be for accessible
vehicles; and
50 accessible vehicle licenses to a driver-owned cooperative fleet that the Director of the
Montgomery County Department of Transportation (DOT) determines is a qualified
applicant under Chapter
53
of the County Code.
Of the licenses that were approved for issuance, many were not issued because the vehicles were
not placed into service as required by Section 53-227(b).
Bill 20-17 would provide that any applicant approved for an issuance of a license must be issued
the license if the applicant:
Notifies DOT that he or she intends to place a vehicle in service under Section
3
of
Chapter 39, Laws of Montgomery County;
Is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53; and
Places a taxicab in service no later than January 31, 2019.
1. The sources of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
The source of information is DOT. The Department of Finance (Finance) assumes that for
the number of licenses approved for issuance and issued, there is the same number of
taxicabs in service in the County. Finance also assumes that by increasing the supply of
drivers and the supply of vehicles, those increases will create a more competitive market for
the delivery of taxicab service in the County. Finally, Finance did not make use of
methodologies in the preparation of the economic impact statement. The impact on the
County's economy is based on data and information provided by DOT.
According to DOT:
For the driver-owned cooperative fleet, 50 licenses were awarded but there are no
(zero) taxicabs in service;
For fleets, 25 licenses were awarded and issued, 18 taxicabs are in service; and
For private individuals, 24 licenses were awarded and issued, 17 taxicabs are in
service.
Therefore, of the 100 authorized licenses, only
35
of the 99 taxicabs are in service.
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Economic lmp,tct Statement
Bill 20-17, Taxicahs
-
Licenses
2. A description of
:1ny
\'ariabk that could affect the economi-c impact estimates.
The \ ariabk that coulJ
a!kct
the economic impact estimates is the
11urnbcr
of ficcnses issued
and \ chicles in
sen
ice
by
Januar:,
>I.
2019.
3. The Bill's positive or ncgath-e dTect,
if
any on employment, spending, savings.
investment. incomes. and propci-t~ rnluc~ in the County.
lt
is uncatuin
with
an~
sp1;.•cifici1y to
determim.' the
t·conomic
impa1..'t on emplo)ment.
spending.. saving, investment. incomes. and proper!) valui;s in the County. Since the
objective of Bili 20-17 is to increase the
number
of accessibk taxicabs in service by
increasing the number of licenses issued.
it
could haw a
positive impact
on empioyment.
pcr:,;,w,:ii and
business
incomes. and
investment.
4.
If
a
Bill
i.s
like!~
to h,rvc no economic
impact,
wh~ is that the case'?
Bili 20-17 could h;_n-c a posilive impact on cmploymentand personal income but without
spt><:ilic data.
it
is difficuit
to
precisely measure those posilive impacts on employmt·n1.
personal and business incom-::s. and
i1westmcnt.
5. Thr following l'.ontributcd to or concurred ·with this
amilysis:
David Plall and
fknnis
Heiman.
Financt':
Fred
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TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE ISIAH LEGGETT
ON EXPEDITED BILL 20-17, TAXICABS -LICENSES
June 27, 2017
Good afternoon, Council President Berliner and members of the Council. I am Fred
Lees, Chief of Management Services for the Department of Transportation. I am here today to
testify on behalf of County Executive Isiah Leggett on Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs -
Licenses.
The County Executive fully supports the goal of this bill to get more wheelchair
accessible taxicabs on the road in Montgomery County in order to provide improved and reliable
transportation options for our disabled residents. He believes, however, that over 18 months for
the Passenger Vehicle License (PVL) awardees to put the vehicles on the road is more than is
necessary to accomplish the goal. The standard time period for a PVL awardee to put a vehicle
on the road is 90 days. This may be extended in the case of wheelchair accessible taxicabs, but
typically no more than an additional 90 days. We would like to work with you to find a more
reasonable period of time.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on this bill, and we look forward to
working with the Council to finalize this bill.
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COMMISSION ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Testimony Before the County Council
Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs - Licenses
June 27, 2017
My name is Seth Morgan and I am Chairman of the County Commission
on People with Disabilities.
The Commission supports Expedited Bill 20-17 which extends the
window of opportunity to apply for one of the new taxicab licenses
called for under the previously enacted Expedited Bill 53-14, Taxicabs-
Licenses-Vehicle Requirements-Driver Identification Cards.
Bill 53-14 addresses the ongoing problem of inadequate availability of
accessible taxis in the County by creating availability of new licenses
specifically for accessible taxis.
The Commission on People with Disabilities is aware that efforts to
increase the number of accessible vehicles is ongoing and supports the
extension of such an effort with the goal of inclusive access to taxi
services for all regardless of special circumstances.
On behalf of the Commission on People with Disabilities, I urge the
passage of Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs - Licenses.
Thank you.
Department of Health and Human Services
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100 Maryland Avenue, 5th floor, Rockville, MD 20850
Mr. /Mrs. Chair of Transportation Committee, Council Members of the committee once again on behalf
of the union we thank you for giving us the opportunity to testify before you on the Expedited Bill 20-17,
taxicabs- Licenses.
My name is Becaye Traore, Chair of Montgomery County professional drivers' union of 200 plus
members where we provide protection for drivers from unfair termination, treatment, harassment, and
disputes with fleets.
We support this bill because it is the first step of the innovation and modernization of the taxi industry
in the county and the right move to remediate the unfair discrimination of disabled people as far as taxi
services. Different accessibility considerations apply between regular taxi and wheel chair accessible van
users. This Bill would improve availability of accessible taxicab to residents who need it.
Regular Taxis sedan can be hired on the spot, in the street or at a rank. But on the other hand a wheel
chair accessible van for a disabled person in order to secure a ride for their journeys, have to order 24
to 48 hours in advance to avoid disappointment, or 1 to 2 months during the holidays.
It is important that a disabled person should be able to hire a taxi on the spot with the minimum delay
or inconvenience, and having accessible taxis available whenever needed.
This bill will make it possible for professional trained drivers from the COOP to provide door-to-door
transport for disabled and older people who have mobility impairments and difficulty in using public
transportation. The re-authorization and extension of these PVLS would considerably increase the
number of wheel chair accessible van and ensure that disabled people are not discriminated against or
treated less favorably.
This bill along with the incentives on transportation enhancement funds would be a great motivation
for taxi drivers who were reluctant either to drive or pick up disabled people, to do so by offering
disabled riders dedicated and better services.
Thank you and I look forward to your approval of Expedited Bill 20-17, taxicabs- Licenses
Sincerely,
Becaye Traore
Chair Montgomery County Professional Drivers Union
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2.
capitol Hill
Village -
Get
Smart about Transportation:
Enhance and improve volunteer
transportation services for Capitol Hill Village and other villages in D.C. "Villages" provide
support to older adults that allow them to stay In their homes as they age. The project
would outreach to public housing facilities and faith-based groups to enhance the
volunteer driver portion of the project, and also train seniors about available transportation
options.
Geographic Focus:
District of Columbia
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Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$403,729
$100,932
$504,661
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$322,983
$80,746
$403,729
3.
Jewish Council for the Aging - Volunteer Driver Resource Center
of
the Washington
Metropolitan Region:
Regional volunteer driver resource center that will provide a limited
number of community-based organizations, such as Villages, with technical assistance
(program development, marketing, volunteer management and driver recruitment) and
resources (shared ride scheduling software, bulk background checks and liability
insurance) to start or enhance volunteer driver programs.
Geographic Focus:
Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$639,578
$159,894
$799,472
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$250,000
$62,500
$312,500
4.
Montgomery County Professional
Drivers
Union - MontCo Union
Taxi
Co-operative:
Support for operating costs, dispatch, training and marketing of the new MontCo Union Taxi
Co-op which has been allocated
fifty
passenger vehicle licenses to operate wheelchair-
accessible taxi vehicles. This project is a companion to Regency Taxi
(#
17) which would
receive approximately 12 wheelchair accessible taxis that would be operated and ultimately
owned by the MontCo Co-op.
Geographic Focus:
Montgomery County, Maryland
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$124,960
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$159,790
$124,960
$284,750
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
5.
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB)- Orientation
&
Mobllfty
for All
(OMA):
Continuation
of CLB's regional Travel Training program supported in part by prior New Freedom grants
which teaches people who are blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind to use public
transportation independently. The Orientation & Mobility (O&M) internship program
&a/,:\
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15.
Community Support Services
-
Expansion
of
transportation options for lndlvlduals
supported
by
CSS:
Twelve minivans to expand existing fleet transporting people with
disabilities, including children with severe developmental disabilities. Vehicles will be used
to transport clients to therapeutic programs community based activities, and evening and
weekend residential support activities. A component of travel training will be included if
clients are able to use bus or rail. CSS completed a successful pilot program with WMATA
and the MD Department
of
Transportation (MDOT} in which clients were transported on
CSS
purchased transportation rather than using MetroAccess. This is a further effort to
reduce
CSS
client reliance on MetroAccess.
Geographic Focus:
Montgomery County, Maryland
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Federal Funds
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$362,728
$90,682
$453,410
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$362,728
$90,682
$453,410
16.
University
of
Maryland College Park
-
Enhanced MobilHy for the University of Maryland
Community:
Expansion of UMD paratransit service; scheduled, fare-free, curb-to-curb service
for students and employees with temporary and permanent disabilities to serve the
University of Maryland Campus in College Park through the purchase of 15-passenger vans
for system expansion, radios, GPS systems, and operating costs.
Geographic Focus:
College Park, Maryland campus
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Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$383,847
$225,346
$609,193
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$383,847
$225,346
$609,193
17.
RegencyTaxi
-
Enhanced
Mobillt;ythrough Accessible Vehicles:
Approximately 12 wheelchair
accessible minivans to be used for general public taxi service by the Manteo Professional
Drivers Union. Regency Taxi would be providing the funding and oversight of the vehicles,
based on a draft MOU between the MontCo Professional Drivers Union and Regency Taxi. At
the end of the project, the vehicle ownership would transfer from Regency to the drivers. The
award is contingent upon a signed MOU and lease agreements agreeable to both parties.
This is a companion to recommendation
#4,
Geographic Focus:
Montgomery County, Maryland
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Federal Funds
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Total Project
$1,484,788
$371,197
$1,855,985
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$375,000
$93,750
$468,750
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Memorandum
TO:
FROM:
Montgomery County Council
Christian Sweeney, on behalf of the Montgomery County Professional Drivers Union,
NTWA, AFL-CIO
DATE:
RE:
July 17, 2017
MontCo Union Taxi Cooperative Status
The MontCo Union Taxi Cooperative will soon begin operations. The restoration of the PVLs assigned to
the Coop by the County are a key component to launching the service. We strongly support action by
the Council and the Executive to restore and issue the PVLs.
The Coop, despite taking more time than anyone had hoped, is still a viable business model for providing
critical services to Montgomery County residents and meaningful work for taxi drivers. Here is a quick
status report on the Coop.
Grants
The Union has secured three grants to get the Coop started. The Catholic Campaign for Human
Development has provided a grant for $70,000 to help defray startup costs. The Metropolitan Council of
Governments has provided two grants. One for 12 accessible vehicles -which will be delivered in a
matter of weeks. And, second, a $150,000 grant for operating expenses.
Operations
The Coop has been busy researching, planning, and executing its startup activities. Office space has
been secured on Gude Drive. Dispatch systems and marketing help have been researched and, in part,
selected. Drivers continue to meet weekly and have several function work groups to carry out these
important tasks.
Support
In addition to the Montgomery County taxi and Uber drivers who are working to start the Coop, the
Union and the Coop still enjoy support from the AFL-CIO and the National Taxi Workers Alliance. Also,
Keystone development Center, a cooperative developer, continues to provide important business,
logistical, and governance support.
In addition to these backers, the disability community continues to support the Coop.
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T&E Item 1
July 20, 2017
Worksession
MEMORANDUM
July 18, 2017
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Transportation, Infrastructure, Ene~,d~nvironment Committee
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attome~
Worksession:
Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs -Licenses
Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs - Licenses, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council President
Berliner, was introduced on June 13, 2017. A public hearing was held on June 27.
Background
On July 21, 2015, the Council enacted Expedited Bill 53-14, Taxicabs - Licenses - Vehicle
Requirements - Driver Identification Cards. The Executive signed the Act on July 31, 2015, and
it became Chapter 39 of the Laws of Montgomery County 2015. The law substantially revised the
County's regulation of the taxicab industry. One of the objectives of the law was to increase the
number of accessible taxicabs serving County residents by specifically providing for the issuance
of additional licenses for accessible taxicabs, and requiring a plan to increase the number of
accessible taxicabs Countywide.
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In addition to requiring a plan to increase the number of accessible taxicabs in the County,
Section 3 of the law required the issuance of 100 new taxicab licenses, as follows:
(a)
(b)
(c)
25 to individuals who do not hold a license under this Chapter, and of these, eight
must be for accessible vehicles;
25 to fleets that hold fewer than 100 licenses, and of these, eight must be for
accessible vehicles; and
50 accessible vehicle licenses to a driver-owned cooperative fleet that the Director
determines is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53.
The law added a new subsection (e) to § 55-306, "Number of Accessible Taxicabs" to require the Director of DOT
to develop a plan for increasing the number of accessible taxicabs, with a goal of having 100% accessible taxicabs in
the County by 2025 unless the Director determines that goal to be impracticable.
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Of these licenses, many were approved for issuance but never issued because taxicab vehicles were
not placed in service as required by Section 53-227(b).
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As a result, the number of accessible
taxicabs operating in the County has not increased since the enactment of the 2015 law.
Expedited Bill 20-17 would provide that any applicant approved for issuance of a taxicab license
under Section 3 of Chapter 39 of the Laws of Montgomery County 2015 must be issued the license
if the applicant:
(1)
notifies the Department of its intention to place a vehicle in service under this
Section;
is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53; and
(2)
(3)
places a taxicab in service not later than January 31, 2019.
Public Hearing
There were six speakers at the public hearing on June 27. Fred Lees, Chief of Management
Services for the Department of Transportation, mentioned the Executive's full support of the goal
of the Bill, suggested that the 18 months allowed to put a vehicle in service was more than
necessary (©10). Dr. Seth Morgan, Chair of the Commission on People with Disabilities,
expressed the Commission's support for the Bill, as it addresses the ongoing problem of inadequate
availability of accessible taxicabs (©11). Becaye Traore (©12), Peter Ibik, and Nelson Biama, all
of MontCo Union Taxi, LLC all spoke in support of the Bill. They spoke of the challenges in
launching the drivers' cooperative and mentioned a National Capital Region Transportation
Planning Board grant that would allow them to purchase, in partnership with Regency Taxi, 12
accessible taxicabs. Christian Sweeney of the AFL-CIO also spoke in support of the Bill and
reiterated that the cooperative had faced unexpected challenges, including difficulty financing
vehicles. He added that the cooperative had secured grants to assist its operation.
Issues for Committee Discussion
1.
Should the Council extend the time for approved applicants to put taxicab vehicles on the
road?
As noted above, the issue of accessible transportation was discussed during the
consideration of Expedited Bill 53-14. The fact that TNCs are taking a growing share of the on-
demand transportation market from taxicabs and are not subject to the same requirements for
providing accessible transportation was a factor in the Council deciding to mandate the issuance
of a substantial number of new licenses for accessible taxicabs as part of that law.
If
the County is
going to achieve the goal, embodied in §53-506(e), of having 100% accessible taxicabs in the
County by 2025, it is going to have to play an active role in expanding the number of accessible
Subsection (b) of§ 53-227 provides that "each licensee must place a taxicab in service within 90 days after a license
is approved for issuance. Issuance of the license take effect when the vehicle is placed in service; if the vehicle is not
actually placed in service, the license has not been issued. The Director may extend the time to place a taxicab in
service for no more than 90 additional days:(l) to allow a vehicle to be retrofitted for use as an accessible taxicab; or
(2) in the case of a fleet, to allow the fleet to buy the taxicab and prepare it to be placed
in
service. The Director must
not otherwise waive or extend this requirement."
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taxicabs in service. Both this Bill and the implementation of Executive Regulation 1-17 (also on
the agenda for this worksession) should have the that effect.
MontCo Union Taxi, the drivers' cooperative approved for the issuance of the licenses
under Section 3(c) of Chapter 39 of the Laws of Montgomery County 2015 (the "2015 law"), has
secured grant funding that will allow it to put 12 accessible taxicabs in service in the near term.
The funding has been secured through the National Capital Region Transportation Planning
Board's "Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program" (see © 14) The
cooperative partnered with Regency Taxi to secure the grant, which is made to Regency and
conditioned upon an MOU between Regency and MontCo Union Taxi. Under this agreement,
Regency will provide the necessary matching funding to purchase the vehicles, and the drivers will
repay Regency for its initial outlay, plus 5% interest, over a two-year term. Once Regency has
recovered its costs, and the lien securing the grant funding has been removed, it will immediately
transfer ownership of the vehicles to MontCo Union Taxi.
With the addition of the taxicabs under the MontCo Union Taxi/Regency partnership,
extending the time as provided in the Bill will likely have the immediate impact of providing for
the licensing of 12 accessible taxicabs that are not currently serving passengers in the County.
Representatives of MontCo Union Taxi have also described plans to acquire additional accessible
taxicabs in coming months. Because of the near-certain positive impact ofincreasing the accessible
taxicab stock in the County by 12, along with the potential for additional taxicabs under the
cooperative' s plans, Council Staff recommends extending the time to put vehicles in service for
applicants approved under the issuance mandated by the 2015 law.
2.
Is January 31, 2019 the appropriate cut-offdate for placing a taxicab vehicle in service?
In his public hearing testimony, Fred Lees expressed support for the Bill's goal of getting
more accessible taxicabs on the road, but shared the Executive's view that extending the time for
individuals approved for these licenses to January 31, 2019 is "more than is necessary to
accomplish the goal." He referenced the provisions of §53-227(b), which allows a licensee 90 days
after a license is approved for issuance to place a taxicab vehicle in service. Under §53-227(b) the
Director may extend the time to place a taxicab in service up to an additional 90 days "to allow a
vehicle to be retrofitted for use as an accessible taxicab." This Bill will not modify that generally
applicable provision, but will only apply to the issuance provided for in the 2015 law. The limited
departure from the general rule in this instance represents an attempt to give full effect to the
decision made by the Council to issue these licenses in 2015.
At the public hearing, the Council heard from representatives of MontCo Union Taxi of
the challenges of establishing the new cooperative that was approved for the issuance of half of
the licenses in question. The cooperative' s representatives also mentioned that they had recently
secured grant funding to enable the enterprise to begin operation, including a $70,000 grant from
the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, as well as two grants from the Metropolitan
Washington Council of Governments' National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. In
addition to funding the purchase of 12 accessible taxicabs as discussed above, these grants would
provide about $150,000 for operating expenses (see ©15). With these additional resources,
MontCo Union Taxi expects to be fully operational very soon.
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The Bill's requirement that a taxicab vehicle be placed in service by January 31, 2019 takes
into account the cooperative's past struggles to launch, while still providing a definite end-date for
the validity of the approvals. Selecting the end-date with precision is impossible, and 18 months
is admittedly a significant departure from the up-to-180 days provided in the Code. Council staff
does not see any downside risk to this date, and allowing the extra time increases the likelihood
that more accessible taxicabs will be put into use. Given the increasing importance of expanding
the pool of transportation options for persons with disabilities, the extended period is warranted.
Staff recommendation:
Enact Bill 20-17 as introduced.
This packet contains:
Expedited Bill 20-17
Legislative Request Report
Fiscal and Economic Impact statement
Public hearing testimony
Fred Lees
Seth Morgan
Becaye Traore
TPB grant descriptions
Christian Sweeney memorandum, July 17, 2017
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Expedited Bill No.
20-17
Concerning: Taxicabs - Licenses
Revised: 06/05/2017
Draft No .
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Introduced: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: ~N"""'o=n-=e_ _ _ _ _ __
Ch. _ _ , Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Council President Berliner
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
(1)
provide for an extension of time to place a vehicle in taxi service for applicants for
certain taxicab licenses that were approved for issuance, but not issued; and
(2)
generally amend the laws governing the licensing and regulation of taxicabs.
By amending
Laws of Montgomery County 2015
Chapter 39
Section 3
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Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law by original bill.
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Added by amendment.
Deleted.from existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected
by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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EXPEDITED BILL NO.
20-17
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Sec.
1.
Section 3 of Chapter 39, Laws of Montgomery County 2015, is
amended as follows:
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Sec. 2.
Not later than January 1, 2016, the Director must issue 100 new
licenses following the procedures in Sections 53-205 and 53-210 as follows:
(a)
25 to individuals who do not hold a license under this Chapter, and of
these, eight must be for accessible vehicles;
(b)
25 to fleets that hold fewer than 100 licenses, and of these, eight must
be for accessible vehicles; and
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c)
50 accessible vehicle licenses to a driver-owned cooperative fleet that
the Director determines is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53.
Sec. 3.
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A license approved for issuance under Section
2..,_
but for which~ taxicab
vehicle was not placed in service, must be issued if the applicant:
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notifies the Department of its intention to place
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taxicab vehicle
in service under this Section;
is~ qualified applicant under Chapter 53; and
places~ taxicab in service not later than January
lL.
2019.
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If
any of the 50 accessible licenses allocated to a driver-owned
cooperative under Section 2 are not [awarded] issued to the cooperative
by [June 1, 2016] January
1L.
2019, either because the Director
determines that the cooperative is not a qualified applicant under
Chapter 53, or because the cooperative otherwise declines to obtain
them, the licenses [must] may be issued to individuals who do not
currently hold licenses under this Chapter.
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EXPEDITED BILL
No. 20-17
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The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate
protection of the public interest. This Act takes effect on the date it becomes law.
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Approved:
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Roger Berliner, President, County Council
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Date
Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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Date
This is a correct copy of Council action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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Date
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Expedited Bill 20-17
Taxicabs
-
Licenses
DESCRIPTION:
Require the issuance of a taxicab license approved for issuance, but
not issued, under Section 3 of Chapter 39 of the Laws of Montgomery
County 2015, if the applicant:
(1)
notifies the Department of its intention to place a vehicle in
service under this Section;
(2)
is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53; and
(3)
places a taxicab in service not later than January 31, 2019.
The Council acted in 2015 to increase the number of accessible
taxicabs serving County residents, but that number has not increased.
Provide for the issuance of taxicab licenses approved for issuance, but
never issued, under Section 3 of Chapter 39 of the Laws of
Montgomery County 2015.
Department of Transportation
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMP ACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
NIA
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attorney
To be researched.
NIA
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ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
MEMORANDUM
June27,2017
TO:
FROM:
Roger Berliner, President, County Council
Jennifer
A.
Hughes, Director, Office ofM
Alexandre A. Espinosa, Director, Depart
FEIS for Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs - Licenses
SUBJECT:
Please find attached the fiscal and economic impact statements for the above-
referenced legislations.
JAH:fz
cc: Bonnie Kirkland, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa Austin, Offices of the County Executive
Joy Nurmi, Special Assistant to the County Executive
Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Information Office
David Platt, Department of Finance
Dennis Hetman, Department of Finance
Brady Goldsmith, Office of Management and Budget
(s)
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Expedited Bill 20-17 Taxicabs
1. Legislative Summary :
This legislation would provide for an extension of time to place a vehicle in taxi service for
applicants for certain taxicab licenses (license) that were approved for issuance but not issued.
On July 15, 2015, the County Council enacted Expedited Bill 53-14 and the County Executive
signed the act on July 31, 2015. One of the goals of the law was to increase the number of
accessible taxicabs serving Montgomery County (County) residents by issuing additional
licenses for accessible taxicabs. The law required the issuance of 100 new licenses:
25 to individuals who do not hold a license under this Chapter, and of these, eight must
be for accessible vehicles;
25 to fleets that hold fewer than 100 licenses, and of these, eight must be for accessible
vehicles; and
50 accessible vehicle licenses to a driver-owned cooperative fleet that the Director of the
Montgomery County Department of Transportation (DOT) determines is a qualified
applicant under Chapter 53 of the County Code.
Of the licenses that were approved for issuance, many were not issued because the vehicles were
not placed into service as required by Section 53-227(b).
Bill 20-17 would provide that any applicant approved for an issuance of a license must be issued
the license if the applicant: .
• Notifies DOT that he or she intends to place a vehicle in service under Section 3 of
Chapter 39, Laws of Montgomery County;
• Is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53; and
• Places a taxicab in service no later than January 31, 2019.
2. An estimate of changes in County revenues and expenditures regardless of whether the
revenues or expenditures are assumed in the recommended or approved budget. Includes
source of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
It is unknown how many additional licenses will be issued under this bill. Therefore,
additional revenues and expenditures are uncertain. Any additional revenue is expected to be
offset by additional expenditures to process the licenses.
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering at least the next 6 fiscal years.
Additional revenue and expenditures are uncertain.
4. An actuarial analysis through the entire amortization period for each bill that would affect
retiree pension or group insurance costs.
NI
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5. An estimate of expenditures related to County's information technology (IT) systems,
including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
NI
A
6. Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures if the bill authorizes future
spending.
NI
A
7. An estimate of the staff time needed to implement the bill.
NI
A
8. An explanation of how the addition of new staffresponsibilities would affect other duties.
NIA
9. An estimate of costs when an additional appropriation is needed.
NIA
10. A description of any variable that could affect revenue and cost estimates.
NI
A
11. Ranges of revenue or expenditures that are uncertain or difficult to project.
NI
A
12. If a bill is likely to have no fiscal impact, why that is the case.
The Taxicab Section processes the issuance and transfers of PVLs on a daily basis. The
potential issuance of the limited number of additional PVLs can be handled by existing
staff during normal hours. Fees Charged for issuing PVLs cover associated expenses.
13. Other fiscal impacts or comments. None
14. The following contributed to and concurred with this analysis: Fred Lees, Department of
Transportation and Brady Goldsmith, Office of Management and Budget
to/21-v If
Jennifer A~Hughes, Director: : \
Office of Management and'13udgei
Date·
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Economic Impact Statement
Bill 20-17, Taxicabs -Licenses
Background:
This legislation would provide for an extension of time to place a vehicle in taxi service for
applicants for certain taxicab licenses (license) that were approved for issuance but not issued.
On July 15, 2015, the County Council enacted Expedited Bill 53-14 and the County Executive
signed the
Bill
on July 31, 2015. One of the goals of the law was to increase the number of
accessible taxicabs serving Montgomery County (County) residents by issuing additional
licenses for accessible taxicabs. The law authorized the issuance of 100 new licenses:
25 to individuals who do not hold a license under this Chapter, and of these, eight must
be for accessible vehicles;
25 to fleets that hold fewer than 100 licenses, and of these, eight must be for accessible
vehicles; and
50 accessible vehicle licenses to a driver-owned cooperative fleet that the Director of the
Montgomery County Department of Transportation (DOT) determines is a qualified
applicant under Chapter
53
of the County Code.
Of the licenses that were approved for issuance, many were not issued because the vehicles were
not placed into service as required by Section 53-227(b).
Bill 20-17 would provide that any applicant approved for an issuance of a license must be issued
the license if the applicant:
Notifies DOT that he or she intends to place a vehicle in service under Section
3
of
Chapter 39, Laws of Montgomery County;
Is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53; and
Places a taxicab in service no later than January 31, 2019.
1. The sources of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
The source of information is DOT. The Department of Finance (Finance) assumes that for
the number of licenses approved for issuance and issued, there is the same number of
taxicabs in service in the County. Finance also assumes that by increasing the supply of
drivers and the supply of vehicles, those increases will create a more competitive market for
the delivery of taxicab service in the County. Finally, Finance did not make use of
methodologies in the preparation of the economic impact statement. The impact on the
County's economy is based on data and information provided by DOT.
According to DOT:
For the driver-owned cooperative fleet, 50 licenses were awarded but there are no
(zero) taxicabs in service;
For fleets, 25 licenses were awarded and issued, 18 taxicabs are in service; and
For private individuals, 24 licenses were awarded and issued, 17 taxicabs are in
service.
Therefore, of the 100 authorized licenses, only
35
of the 99 taxicabs are in service.
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Economic lmp,tct Statement
Bill 20-17, Taxicahs
-
Licenses
2. A description of
:1ny
\'ariabk that could affect the economi-c impact estimates.
The \ ariabk that coulJ
a!kct
the economic impact estimates is the
11urnbcr
of ficcnses issued
and \ chicles in
sen
ice
by
Januar:,
>I.
2019.
3. The Bill's positive or ncgath-e dTect,
if
any on employment, spending, savings.
investment. incomes. and propci-t~ rnluc~ in the County.
lt
is uncatuin
with
an~
sp1;.•cifici1y to
determim.' the
t·conomic
impa1..'t on emplo)ment.
spending.. saving, investment. incomes. and proper!) valui;s in the County. Since the
objective of Bili 20-17 is to increase the
number
of accessibk taxicabs in service by
increasing the number of licenses issued.
it
could haw a
positive impact
on empioyment.
pcr:,;,w,:ii and
business
incomes. and
investment.
4.
If
a
Bill
i.s
like!~
to h,rvc no economic
impact,
wh~ is that the case'?
Bili 20-17 could h;_n-c a posilive impact on cmploymentand personal income but without
spt><:ilic data.
it
is difficuit
to
precisely measure those posilive impacts on employmt·n1.
personal and business incom-::s. and
i1westmcnt.
5. Thr following l'.ontributcd to or concurred ·with this
amilysis:
David Plall and
fknnis
Heiman.
Financt':
Fred
l ees. DOT.
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TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE ISIAH LEGGETT
ON EXPEDITED BILL 20-17, TAXICABS -LICENSES
June 27, 2017
Good afternoon, Council President Berliner and members of the Council. I am Fred
Lees, Chief of Management Services for the Department of Transportation. I am here today to
testify on behalf of County Executive Isiah Leggett on Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs -
Licenses.
The County Executive fully supports the goal of this bill to get more wheelchair
accessible taxicabs on the road in Montgomery County in order to provide improved and reliable
transportation options for our disabled residents. He believes, however, that over 18 months for
the Passenger Vehicle License (PVL) awardees to put the vehicles on the road is more than is
necessary to accomplish the goal. The standard time period for a PVL awardee to put a vehicle
on the road is 90 days. This may be extended in the case of wheelchair accessible taxicabs, but
typically no more than an additional 90 days. We would like to work with you to find a more
reasonable period of time.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on this bill, and we look forward to
working with the Council to finalize this bill.
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COMMISSION ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Testimony Before the County Council
Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs - Licenses
June 27, 2017
My name is Seth Morgan and I am Chairman of the County Commission
on People with Disabilities.
The Commission supports Expedited Bill 20-17 which extends the
window of opportunity to apply for one of the new taxicab licenses
called for under the previously enacted Expedited Bill 53-14, Taxicabs-
Licenses-Vehicle Requirements-Driver Identification Cards.
Bill 53-14 addresses the ongoing problem of inadequate availability of
accessible taxis in the County by creating availability of new licenses
specifically for accessible taxis.
The Commission on People with Disabilities is aware that efforts to
increase the number of accessible vehicles is ongoing and supports the
extension of such an effort with the goal of inclusive access to taxi
services for all regardless of special circumstances.
On behalf of the Commission on People with Disabilities, I urge the
passage of Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs - Licenses.
Thank you.
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100 Maryland Avenue, 5th floor, Rockville, MD 20850
Mr. /Mrs. Chair of Transportation Committee, Council Members of the committee once again on behalf
of the union we thank you for giving us the opportunity to testify before you on the Expedited Bill 20-17,
taxicabs- Licenses.
My name is Becaye Traore, Chair of Montgomery County professional drivers' union of 200 plus
members where we provide protection for drivers from unfair termination, treatment, harassment, and
disputes with fleets.
We support this bill because it is the first step of the innovation and modernization of the taxi industry
in the county and the right move to remediate the unfair discrimination of disabled people as far as taxi
services. Different accessibility considerations apply between regular taxi and wheel chair accessible van
users. This Bill would improve availability of accessible taxicab to residents who need it.
Regular Taxis sedan can be hired on the spot, in the street or at a rank. But on the other hand a wheel
chair accessible van for a disabled person in order to secure a ride for their journeys, have to order 24
to 48 hours in advance to avoid disappointment, or 1 to 2 months during the holidays.
It is important that a disabled person should be able to hire a taxi on the spot with the minimum delay
or inconvenience, and having accessible taxis available whenever needed.
This bill will make it possible for professional trained drivers from the COOP to provide door-to-door
transport for disabled and older people who have mobility impairments and difficulty in using public
transportation. The re-authorization and extension of these PVLS would considerably increase the
number of wheel chair accessible van and ensure that disabled people are not discriminated against or
treated less favorably.
This bill along with the incentives on transportation enhancement funds would be a great motivation
for taxi drivers who were reluctant either to drive or pick up disabled people, to do so by offering
disabled riders dedicated and better services.
Thank you and I look forward to your approval of Expedited Bill 20-17, taxicabs- Licenses
Sincerely,
Becaye Traore
Chair Montgomery County Professional Drivers Union
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capitol Hill
Village -
Get
Smart about Transportation:
Enhance and improve volunteer
transportation services for Capitol Hill Village and other villages in D.C. "Villages" provide
support to older adults that allow them to stay In their homes as they age. The project
would outreach to public housing facilities and faith-based groups to enhance the
volunteer driver portion of the project, and also train seniors about available transportation
options.
Geographic Focus:
District of Columbia
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Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$403,729
$100,932
$504,661
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$322,983
$80,746
$403,729
3.
Jewish Council for the Aging - Volunteer Driver Resource Center
of
the Washington
Metropolitan Region:
Regional volunteer driver resource center that will provide a limited
number of community-based organizations, such as Villages, with technical assistance
(program development, marketing, volunteer management and driver recruitment) and
resources (shared ride scheduling software, bulk background checks and liability
insurance) to start or enhance volunteer driver programs.
Geographic Focus:
Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$639,578
$159,894
$799,472
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$250,000
$62,500
$312,500
4.
Montgomery County Professional
Drivers
Union - MontCo Union
Taxi
Co-operative:
Support for operating costs, dispatch, training and marketing of the new MontCo Union Taxi
Co-op which has been allocated
fifty
passenger vehicle licenses to operate wheelchair-
accessible taxi vehicles. This project is a companion to Regency Taxi
(#
17) which would
receive approximately 12 wheelchair accessible taxis that would be operated and ultimately
owned by the MontCo Co-op.
Geographic Focus:
Montgomery County, Maryland
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$124,960
$284,750
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$159,790
$124,960
$284,750
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
5.
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB)- Orientation
&
Mobllfty
for All
(OMA):
Continuation
of CLB's regional Travel Training program supported in part by prior New Freedom grants
which teaches people who are blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind to use public
transportation independently. The Orientation & Mobility (O&M) internship program
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Community Support Services
-
Expansion
of
transportation options for lndlvlduals
supported
by
CSS:
Twelve minivans to expand existing fleet transporting people with
disabilities, including children with severe developmental disabilities. Vehicles will be used
to transport clients to therapeutic programs community based activities, and evening and
weekend residential support activities. A component of travel training will be included if
clients are able to use bus or rail. CSS completed a successful pilot program with WMATA
and the MD Department
of
Transportation (MDOT} in which clients were transported on
CSS
purchased transportation rather than using MetroAccess. This is a further effort to
reduce
CSS
client reliance on MetroAccess.
Geographic Focus:
Montgomery County, Maryland
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Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$362,728
$90,682
$453,410
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$362,728
$90,682
$453,410
16.
University
of
Maryland College Park
-
Enhanced MobilHy for the University of Maryland
Community:
Expansion of UMD paratransit service; scheduled, fare-free, curb-to-curb service
for students and employees with temporary and permanent disabilities to serve the
University of Maryland Campus in College Park through the purchase of 15-passenger vans
for system expansion, radios, GPS systems, and operating costs.
Geographic Focus:
College Park, Maryland campus
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Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$383,847
$225,346
$609,193
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$383,847
$225,346
$609,193
17.
RegencyTaxi
-
Enhanced
Mobillt;ythrough Accessible Vehicles:
Approximately 12 wheelchair
accessible minivans to be used for general public taxi service by the Manteo Professional
Drivers Union. Regency Taxi would be providing the funding and oversight of the vehicles,
based on a draft MOU between the MontCo Professional Drivers Union and Regency Taxi. At
the end of the project, the vehicle ownership would transfer from Regency to the drivers. The
award is contingent upon a signed MOU and lease agreements agreeable to both parties.
This is a companion to recommendation
#4,
Geographic Focus:
Montgomery County, Maryland
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Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$1,484,788
$371,197
$1,855,985
Federal Funds
Required Match
Total Project
$375,000
$93,750
$468,750
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Memorandum
TO:
FROM:
Montgomery County Council
Christian Sweeney, on behalf of the Montgomery County Professional Drivers Union,
NTWA, AFL-CIO
DATE:
RE:
July 17, 2017
MontCo Union Taxi Cooperative Status
The MontCo Union Taxi Cooperative will soon begin operations. The restoration of the PVLs assigned to
the Coop by the County are a key component to launching the service. We strongly support action by
the Council and the Executive to restore and issue the PVLs.
The Coop, despite taking more time than anyone had hoped, is still a viable business model for providing
critical services to Montgomery County residents and meaningful work for taxi drivers. Here is a quick
status report on the Coop.
Grants
The Union has secured three grants to get the Coop started. The Catholic Campaign for Human
Development has provided a grant for $70,000 to help defray startup costs. The Metropolitan Council of
Governments has provided two grants. One for 12 accessible vehicles -which will be delivered in a
matter of weeks. And, second, a $150,000 grant for operating expenses.
Operations
The Coop has been busy researching, planning, and executing its startup activities. Office space has
been secured on Gude Drive. Dispatch systems and marketing help have been researched and, in part,
selected. Drivers continue to meet weekly and have several function work groups to carry out these
important tasks.
Support
In addition to the Montgomery County taxi and Uber drivers who are working to start the Coop, the
Union and the Coop still enjoy support from the AFL-CIO and the National Taxi Workers Alliance. Also,
Keystone development Center, a cooperative developer, continues to provide important business,
logistical, and governance support.
In addition to these backers, the disability community continues to support the Coop.