Blue Cab Blog
March 3, 2014

By Jim Bennett

With gasoline prices continuing to increase, cab companies have to explore potential opportunities to improve Elk Grove Taxi Services.

  • Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) typically use one of two varieties of natural gas:
    • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
    • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
  • Costs
    • Light-duty NGVs cost from $5,000 to $7,000
    • heavy-duty NGVs can cost $30,000 or more
  • Benefits
    • Reduces carbon monoxide emissions 70-90%
    • Reduces carbon dioxide emissions 20-30%
    • Reduces nitrogen oxide emissions 75-95%
    • Potentially reduces non-methane hydrocarbon emissions 50-75%

     

Are Natural Gas Vehicles the Future of El Grove Taxi Services?

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February 17, 2014

By Jim Bennett

Leave The Winter Driving To Bensenville Taxi ServicesBefore this year, you may never have heard of a polar vortex. It just sounds cold. Well, if you are like the other 2.7 million people who live here in Chicago, then by now you are probably experiencing the effects of cabin fever and clawing at your front door seeking human interaction. Forget warming up the car or shoveling the driveway; the cab fare will definitely be worth the expense. There are so many activities to take advantage of in the Chicago area, and Bensenville Taxi Services can get you there.

Of course, there is the typical dinner and a movie. Spice things up a little and seek out the restaurant or brewery that features a roaring fire in its dining area. Then, when you are finished enjoying an intoxicatingly warm beverage by the fire, just call a cab for a ride home.

If you are looking for an activity that will get your blood flowing and heart pumping, then check out ice skating at Lincoln Park. Even if you don’t skate, you will still get your heart rate going after all of the laughter from people watching. They should make that an Olympic sport.

If you find yourself a bit achy from falls on the ice, it may be time to check out the services available at the salt caves. A 45 minute session in a salt cave will relax and refresh you, making you feel as if you have had a mini trip to the beach. Add a massage to the afternoon, and it sounds like a smash.

Lastly, if nature is your fix, then a visit to the Garfield Park Conservatory is ideal. Pack a lunch, and make it a picnic, but leave the transportation to Bensenville Taxi Services.

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February 1, 2014

By Jim Bennett

Bedford Park Taxi services are a valuable, accessible asset to those who hate to drive in the seasonal traffic in Chicago. Chicago is an extremely large city and people have to deal with traffic jams, clocking in late to work, and running behind on appointments. Mix the craziness of the holiday season into it, and you will never be on time. Bedford Park Taxi services will help ease the time crunch that you feel during this time.

Bedford Park Taxi Services During WinterIn order to relieve the stress headaches of arriving late to appointments, order a taxi prior to the pick-up time to help you out. You are able to call the taxi company to arrange a car pick up at a specific time and provide the location or any special instructions that are needed for the driver. It is important to keep in mind that the car will need to arrive a bit early to ensure that you arrive at your destination on time. The volume of traffic is a lot higher during this time of year. This is also valuable during the holiday season due to flights coming in because it allows you to reach your plane on time for departure.

Taxi services include airport services, medical visit services, social visit services, grocery shopping services, shopping services, and out of town services. The airport services are available for those who need to be picked up and dropped off at the airport. Those arriving from out of town can call to schedule a taxi specifically for them at a specific time. The medical visit service picks you up and takes you to the nearest hospital or doctor’s office. The same goes for other services offered. However, if it is a shopping visit or another outing that does not take up too much time, you have the option to have the driver wait for you. The waiting time does come with a minimal fee.

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January 7, 2014

By Jim Bennett

The coldest temperature on record in the state occurred on January 5, 1999 when the mercury dipped to -36 °F near Congerville in Woodford County! The greatest snowfall on record from a single storm occurred near the town of Astoria, in west central Illinois, where 37.8 inches was measured February 27-28, 1900. Locations from just south of Quincy, through Lincoln, to Watseka experience more freezing rain and ice storms than any other part of the state, on average. Average annual snowfall ranges from nearly 39 inches of snow in Rockford and Chicago, to as little as 10 to 15 inches in the southern tip of Illinois. Blue Cab doesn’t let snow or bad weather keep us from serving you. For Elmhurst Taxi Services, call 708-583-6900 today!

Elmhurst Taxi Services in Winter

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December 26, 2013

By Jim Bennett

Bellwood Taxi Services and Regulations in IllinoisBellwood taxi services are not only a means for transportation, but a means of income. Becoming a taxi driver can be a great way to earn an income to support your family. It is important to learn the requirements in order to obtain a taxi driving position in the state of Illinois. All requirements are set in stone and should be met; otherwise you will need to choose a different profession.

Bellwood taxi services are carried out by licensed professionals. These professionals have been trained and tested for the safety of their passengers. If an individual is interested in becoming a taxi driver, then they will need to follow the regulations put forth by the state they reside in. Illinois regulations require a person that uses a commercial vehicle to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License, also known as a CDL. The CDL covers transporting people and materials or products. There is a written test that the individual must pass, as well as a driving test behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. The tests are carried out at your local Department of Motor Vehicles, also called the DMV.

The age requirement for obtaining a CDL in the state of Illinois is 18 years of age. This is to be able to transport 10 or fewer passengers. This will cover small school buses, commuter vans, religious organization buses, child care vans, and taxi cabs. The person interested in this type of license also will need to have a valid driver’s license for a minimum of three consecutive years. You cannot have any convictions of driving while under the influence, drug-related convictions, reckless driving, or reckless homicide by the means of vehicle within the last three years as well. There will be a background check run to ensure that all information on your application is accurate. You will then take the written test and go through a driving test to exhibit safe driving.

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November 6, 2013

By Jim Bennett

Drivers of Aurora taxi services usually use two-way radios. For those of you who are not familiar with two-way radios, they are radios that are capable of transmitting and receiving a signal. Individuals that possess a two-way radio are able to take part in dialogue with other individuals that possess two-way radios. In order for this to take place is if both radios are tuned into to the matching channel. Additional names that the radios are identified as are walkie-talkies, hand held, and handie-talkies. In order to speak with the other operator a button must be pushed down while communicating. The radio will only allow the operator to hear or to speak. It is only one function at a time, therefore if you are speaking; you will not hear the other radio signal.

Aurora taxi services and two way radios

To understand the history of the radios that are used by Aurora taxi services you need to be slightly familiar with the history of two-way radios. In 1907, two-way telegraphy was available for commercial use. When 1912 happened, military and commercial ships had transmitters and receivers; which permitted them to communicate with those that were not in visible proximity. In Australia, the earliest mobile radio was made in 1923. Ten years later, in 1933, the New Jersey police department began using two-way radios in their police cars for urgent situations.

By the early 1960s, taxis started to use two-way radios. They would be dispatched to locations in order to pick up people that have requested their services. Once the taxi was sent out and the work completed, the taxi driver would use the radio to confirm the next location. This saved a great deal of time and capital. The taxis were capable of leaving from the previous prick up to go to the next. This helped drivers with their punctuality and helped nurture the companies by utilizing their time more efficiently while running their shift. Employees were able to include more stops during the time they were allocated during the working hours.

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October 15, 2013

By Jim Bennett

If you travel frequently, then you know the differences of taxis from around the world and the benefits of Addison taxi services. Blue Cab offers more than just the usual taxi service to their clientele. They will astound you with their customer service and promptness. When you travel to other locations for vacations or business ventures, using Blue Cab would be a smart decision.

Addison Taxi Services by Credit CardIn order to ensure that you do not wait for a taxi, you are able to call them in advance to reserve a car. The car will be given the details of your location and the time that you specified. The car will arrive early and wait for you in the specific locale that you conferred while booking your transportation. Scheduling is not an issue either. Regardless of the time that you require of a ride, they are able to assist you. Furthermore, they are accessible during holidays when the majority of businesses are closed. Addison taxi services will make certain that you reach your destination and depart punctually. After all, being part of the business world means that good time management is imperative.

For individuals who do extra traveling than is considered customary, you are more likely to carry credit cards as an alternative to cash. This is exceedingly understandable. If cash is misplaced, then you cannot recover it; however, if you misplace a credit card, then you are able to terminate the card and receive a new one in its place. This is not a dilemma with this company. They are able to obtain payment by using an American Express card, Discover card, Master card, and even a Visa card. They appreciate that at times hard cash is not an option. This company is highly recommended by those who have chosen to use their services in prior situations.

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September 25, 2013

By Jim Bennett

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system. On an average weekday, 1.6 million rides are taken on CTA. The CTA is a regional transit system that serves 35 suburbs, in addition to the City of Chicago. The CTA provides 83 percent of the public transit trips in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area either with direct service or connecting service to Metra and Pace. Blue Cab also has a rich history of providing cab service to the Chicagoland area. Call 708-583-6900 today to take advantage of our Willowbrook Taxi Services.

Facts about the Chicago Transit Authority

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September 9, 2013

By Jim Bennett

This category of transportation includes private sedan, van, and minibus fleets that provide transportation service under contract to public or non-profit agencies. Social service fleets, non-emergency medical fleets and accessible transportation for the disabled provided through public agencies under Medicaid or ADA are all examples of this type of transportation. In the United States, there are approximately 2,100 contract service fleets that operate 26,000 vehicles. These companies employ 71,000 people and provide mobility for 150 million passengers annually. More than 200 transportation companies are currently members of TLPA’s Paratransit & Contracting Division. Blue Cab company can meet all of your paratransit and all of your Midway Taxi Service needs.

The Chicago Paratransit Industry and Midway Taxi Service

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August 28, 2013

By Jim Bennet

TLPA

Taxis have been a long tradition within the Americas, but the first organized meeting of the National Association of Taxicab owners was in Washington, D.C., in 1917. The NATO organization was formed to protest against the newest federal tax to taxicab owners of a fleet of 3 or more vehicles, 5% of the fines earned by the company. NATO successfully lobbied to Congress and the tax was not passed or enacted. NATO continued to meet sporadically until WWI stopped the meetings for a few years. Meetings picked back up until the Great Depression dimmed the income, but prospered again after WWII. A second organization was formed, the American Taxicab Association, or ATA, to benefit the smaller taxicab companies. Naperville Taxi Service has long been a member of the national organization.

After World War II and the development of two-way radio, the taxicab and rental service boomed. There was so many requests for two-way radio frequencies the the ATA and NATO had to form a joint commission to deal with the problems associated with the radios and frequencies. In 1966, a new organization was formed combining the ATA and NATO, the International Taxi Association, or ITA. In 1990, the ITA added Livery to its name to include all for-hire services of transit and became the International Taxicab & Livery Association. This made it the sole organization for the promotion of local ground transportation including taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles.

In October of 2000, at the Annual Convention and Trade Show, the ITALA became the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association. Now the international organization regulates the industry of taxicabs, limousines, sedans, airport shuttles, non-emergency vehicles and para-transit vehicle services. Each of these vehicle fleets has stringent requirements for service, maintenance, and training of the drivers. Naperville Taxi Service has proudly met the requirements for membership in good standing.

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