At their Tuesday 11\19\2013 meeting, the SFMTA Board unanimously approved a contract with Frias Transportation Infrastructure (FTI) to build the Electronic Taxi Access (ETA) System proposed by Taxi Services Director Christiane Hayashi. The contract was approved over the vehement opposition of the Desoto, Luxor and Yellow cab companies.
The system is intended to provide the ability to electronically hail any licensed San Francisco taxi. Another way to put it is that all available taxis will show up on the map of any connected smartphone app or website.
The result will effectively be the "citywide dispatch" that cab drivers have been wanting for over 30 years.
Details will follow.