by Jason Lamb
Channel 2 News
6:51 PM AKDT, October 15, 2012
A group of city leaders is trying to figure out if there are enough taxicabs serving the Eagle River community and other outlying Anchorage areas.
Right now, the city puts limits on the number of taxi cab permits in Anchorage, and some are arguing that limit has contributed to a shortage of cabs in outlying areas.
Those arguing for more permits and less restriction say because of the limited number of taxicab permits, most drivers stay in Anchorage for their fares and opt for longer rides from the airport or downtown hotels to make enough money, instead of driving out to Eagle River for a ride that only lasts a mile or two.
Assemblywoman Debbie Ossiander says she's considering an ordinance that would allow more cabs in outlying areas of town.
An attorney for the Anchorage Taxicab Permit Owners Assocaition says they recognized a lack of cabs in Eagle River, he says the problem has been exaggerated.
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