The 22nd largest city in America (population wise) and the state capital of Massachusetts, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, established as early as 1630. It is often recognized as the “cultural capital” of the surrounding region of New England. As a city, it has witnessed countless historical events, including a decisive role in the American Revolution. It is the home of some of the top universities in the world, including Boston University and Harvard University (located nearby in the town of Cambridge), as well as some of the country’s finest sports teams – the Boston Red Sox, Celtics and New England Patriots. No wonder the city Boston Car Service ranks among the top 3 on the livability index in America.
Boston is a large city, covering an area of 89.63 square miles. Public transportation in the city is well developed, but still leaves a lot to be desired. Driving personal vehicles is a problem because of difficulties in finding parking space. Consequently, taxis are one of the most common ways of getting around in Boston.
Boston taxi services cover the entire city, are quite affordable and typically provide good service – though there can be quite a many exceptions, of course. Like New York, the city has a well-developed cab network which caters to a vast population of working professionals and students who flock to the city for its educational institutes. Many prefer not to own/drive cars because of aforementioned difficulties in finding park spots, as well as the road infrastructure. Since the city was settled centuries ago, the roads network and infrastructure is generally not adequate enough to accommodate a lot of traffic, which, of course, has further increased the popularity of cabs in Boston.
There are dozens and dozens of taxi companies operating out of Boston. Cost wise, Boston cab services are more expensive than other comparable metropolitan cities in the US. Initial charge is $2.60, followed by a standard rate of $2.80 per mile. $0.47 is charge for every minute stopped in traffic. If you’re traveling to the Logan Airport, you will also have to cough up a $2.75 surcharge, while return trips from the airport will cost you $8.00 in surcharge. A 3 mile trip in New York would cost you $8.50, but in Boston, it will set you back by $11 or more.
As with any other city, exercise due diligence before taking up calling any Boston cab. Start off by hitting Google. Type in “Boston cab” followed by your zip or area. This will show you all the prominent taxi services in your area, along with some reviews in Google Places. This will give you a fair idea what to expect in terms of service. If in doubt, look up the particular service online and check out individual reviews. Most cab companies in Boston are available 24×7. Most have fleets of newer cars, though there are, of course, some exceptions.
As Boston grows larger and attracts an ever increasing population, a strong need is being felt for an even greater number of cabs in the city. At present, the city has a cap which fixes the number of taxis at 1,825, which has led to higher fares. An antiquated licensing system that works on “medallions” has shot up prices further north. As the city grows, these problems will be sorted out in due course. But as a commuter, you can still expect great service from most of Boston’s taxi operators.