There was supposed to be a hearing on Open Taxi Access (OTA) held by the MTA's Policy and Governance Committee at 9 am on April 12, 2011. Instead, some people were informed (misinformed?) on April 11th that the agenda item was being postponed. Then the item was apparently discussed anyway and tabled.
I wasn't paying the matter much attention because I was under the impression that OTA was a done deal. So all I'm doing is passing on rumors.
Depending upon who you talked to, the matter was;
- Tabled by Mayor Ed Lee because he didn't want to spend $405,000.
- Send back to TAC for discussion by MTA board member Jerry Lee for the same reason.
- Killed by President and General Manager of Luxor Cab John Lazar's huge back-door presence.
This might be a delaying tactic but if so why? TAC has already discussed OTA and most of the councilors appear to be in favor it.
On the other hand, there is little doubt that John Lazar feels threatened by Cabulous and thinks that giving OTA city money would undermine his own application, Taxi Magic, and thus hurt his business.