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Old 08-26-2014, 12:26 PM
 
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Barwood Taxi Boss: Uber Is ‘Hitting Below The Belt’ | BethesdaNow

Anytime a company is fighting competition or bitching about an up and comer, they are losing. Not only are they losing, they usually deserve to lose. Why not offer customers a better deal? Come on Barwood, pay some consultants and come up with a value proposition for which customers would pay more for your service.

PS: Why do Barwood drivers refuse to drive you based on where you are going (for example from Shady Grove Metro to somewhere in Old town?) or pretend that their credit card meters are not working?
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:07 AM
 
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I'm sure you'll see a lot more of these pro-Barwood blog posts and articles. Barwood has hired a local PR firm to trash Uber and try to sow doubts about Uber drivers.
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Old 08-31-2014, 04:12 PM
 
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the one and only time I called Barwood for a pick up I was told there was a two hour wait. I took the bus.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:33 PM
 
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Barwood deserves to fail.
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:56 PM
 
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These taxi companies have only themselves to blame. There's a reason there's demand for Uber; taking taxis sucks. The inane cost system is terrible, trying to flag them down/explain where you are in a phone call is terrible, the cars are commonly terrible, the drivers are commonly terrible, actually trying to pay them/get a receipt/get change/find a working credit card reader is terrible, etc. And why on earth do the taxi cos. not just adapt, create their own apps, and mimic the obviously successful Uber business model? It's as if they enjoy being an inferior service in as many ways as they can think up...and then they whine about how their butts are being kicked. It's called capitalism, taxi cos.; if you want people to use your service over Uber's then don't suck.
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:04 PM
 
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This is why Barwood hired a PR/lobbying firm that specializes in pushing unpopular things that have no public support. There is no grassroots support for Barwood.

The firm has nothing positive to say about Barwood, so they're trashing Uber saying Uber is dangerous and Barwood taxi is safer.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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. And why on earth do the taxi cos. not just adapt, create their own apps, and mimic the obviously successful Uber business model?

Relax, this definitely going to happen.


Calling or hailing a traditional taxi will be something that is only seen in the movies, within not so terribly long.


Barwood- and other taxi companies- will be looking to have their drivers use their own cars soon enough just like Uber. A lot of money is wasted by cab companies on garages, insurance, tow trucks, buying and painting the cabs. The government will like it too, an all electronic payment system will make calculating and paying income taxes a lot more reliable as opposed to trying to assess taxes on a cash based cab driver.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:43 PM
 
Location: MD suburbs of DC
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The reason taxi cab drivers pretend the credit machine is not working is that they have to deduct the processing fee from their take home pay at the end of the day.

Barwood is cozy with the Moco government to an obscene level, which means that can get away with terrible service....until Uber came along.

Thing is, Uber is no saint of a company because the illusion they market to drivers is far from the reality. Issues with proper insurance, proper compensation of car maintainence, and slashing the pay to drivers in many areas are all part of its dark side. Well, and their bizzare insistence to deny their drivers gratuities. The labor supply market will eventually correct itself, and UberX drivers will be mostly people who have to work for Uber rather than want to work for Uber, except in the few special events that pull in a bunch of part-timers who want a little extra and is willing to pay more for insurance that accepts rideshare.
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Old 06-16-2015, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Oceania
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These taxi companies have only themselves to blame. There's a reason there's demand for Uber; taking taxis sucks. The inane cost system is terrible, trying to flag them down/explain where you are in a phone call is terrible, the cars are commonly terrible, the drivers are commonly terrible, actually trying to pay them/get a receipt/get change/find a working credit card reader is terrible, etc. And why on earth do the taxi cos. not just adapt, create their own apps, and mimic the obviously successful Uber business model? It's as if they enjoy being an inferior service in as many ways as they can think up...and then they whine about how their butts are being kicked. It's called capitalism, taxi cos.; if you want people to use your service over Uber's then don't suck.
Taxi cab service is regulated to the point UBER had a more than available slot. The DC area could use 5 variations of UBER and they would all get business.
I had surgery a few years ago and during rehab I had to use Metro Access for a few months. Barwood is contracted by MA when the vans are backed up. I got stuck waiting for Barwood cabs too many times. PGC cab companies are really sketchy and their pricing is subject to what cab/driver you get.
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Old 06-17-2015, 04:21 PM
 
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You have to understand that a cab service is supposed to actually function where the driver can also make a living off of it. Even if the cab companies start using private cars, most likely they will still use meters. That's the only accurate way to determine a trip (distance and milage) also wait time. I know uber seems almost too good to be true for the passenger but, somebody is paying the price and it's definetly not the owners of Uber. If a trip from rockville to bwi cost you $60 in an uber vehicle but $85 in a taxi cab, yeah it's cheaper which everybody likes but at the end of the day that means the Uber driver has to work harder. Uber takes 20% from the drivers when a cab company has a flat fee . This means if I have a real good week at Uber, the company will take more, where as a cab driver, a good week is a good week. Most cab drivers rent,they both pay for gas but as an Uber driver, youre solely responsible for the maintenence of your vehicle. You do the math.The only advantage Ubsr gives the driver is that when they don't work, they don't have to pay anything. The D.C. taxi system was set up so drivers could make a living from it. On the other hand , Barwood charges drivers about $106 dollars a day so your'e pretty much always indebted to them.
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