Valley Taxi
Passenger Rates

Metered Rates:
  1. Flagdrop, first 1/5th mile or fraction thereof          $2.80(c)
  2. Each additional 1/5th mile or fraction therof         $ .30(c)

Additional Charges:

  1. Each additional passenger will be assessed a charge of $0.25, regardless of age.
  2. Waiting time of $0.20 per minute or fraction thereof after the first five minutes.
  3. A surcharge of $1.50 per trip on all trips between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  4. A fee of $3.00 will be charged each passenger who does not cancel their trip prior to the drive arriving at the pickup point.
  5. A surcharge of $0.50 per trip for holidays(New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day). Holiday to start at 6:00 p.m. the evening preceeding the actual holiday. No operations on Christmas Day.
  6. A surcharge of $0.50 per trip for driving on ice and snow covered roads which are not plowed.

Changes Coming to the Valley Taxi

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Morning Times

 

The Valley Taxi has been in existence for over 30 years in the Valley area and has seen many changes throughout those years.  The most recent change is something they did not want to see happen but in order to compliant with the rules they are under Pennsylvania Utilities Commission, they have been forced to make changes.

            One new PUC regulation that has affected this taxi company is the vehicles cannot be over eight years old unless they meet very stringent criteria such as they cannot have over 200,000 miles on them by then.

            Another thing that is new is the fare structure of taking a ride.  Currently, in town trips have been done on a zone base system where the Valley was separated by invisible “zone” lines and charged based on what zone the person is in and what zone they are going top.  Now with the new ruling, the taxi company has been forced to change the fare structures to a meter based system.  It’s just like in the bit city.  When a person gets in, the meter begins and runs until they are dropped off and the passenger pays whatever the meter fare is.

            Julie Allis, president of Valley Taxi, has been trying to fight these new regulations with the help of state Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Wysox, and other taxi owners across the state who are under the same situation.

            “This whole situation has been a hard obstacle to overcome,” stated Allis.  “Our vehicles are older in age but are in pretty good condition.  Yes, some have over 200,000 miles, but they are in top condition.  By that I mean, they have the original parts still in them like transmission, power steering pumps, water pumps, etc. which is not normal for a vehicle with that mean miles on them.  We take very good care of our vehicles, so the 200,000 mile rule is very frustrating.  The meter situation is going to take time for the drivers and the passengers to get used to. Currently, a person could call the company and get exact quote on the cost of the trip so they would have enough money in hand.  With the meters, there is now way drivers can give exact prices unless it is exactly the same route taken by other customers and the drivers know that.  They also will need to get used to using a meter since they have never had one. Customers may feel in a pinch in their pockets as they have to pay a little more than what they currently pay.  So, there will be a learning curve for everyone involved.”

            The change of the meter base system will affect more of the in town people than those who have traveled on a mileage ride since the meter rate is equal to what the zone fare structure mileage rate was.

            “We also work with local agencies in transporting people or packages like taking eye tissue to Rochester, N.Y. ,” Allis said.  “The new meter system should not have a big affect on those trips since most are already mileage trips and it equals the same as the meter.”

            Allis said she wants to stop complaint so she recently purchased – through the help of People’s State Bank – six newer vehicles ranging from years 2003 to 2004 and the meters.  Also included in that cost is the detailing or lettering of the vehicles and installation of the equipment like the top light, meters, and cameras.

            The Valley Taxi is currently has the licensed area to travel in Athens, Sayre, South Waverly, the Rte 220 corridor south, and Towanda.  They can also transport people into New York State .

            Anyone with questions regarding the new regulations should contact the Public Utilities Commission at 1-800-782-1110 or visit the PUC site at www.puc.state.pa.us..

 

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