Transportation Network Companies and Taxis: The Case of Seattle, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Transportation Network Companies and Taxis

The Case of Seattle, 1st Edition

By Craig A. Leisy


312 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-06-13
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Transportation Network Companies and Taxis: The Case of Seattle is a modern economic case history and thorough analysis of the devastating impact of the transportation network company (TNC) industry (Uber and Lyft) on the taxicab industry in Seattle, Washington beginning in 2014. The events that transpired and lessons learned are applicable to most large cities in North America, Europe and Australia.

As the regulator of the taxicab and TNC industries in Seattle during a period of growth for TNCs in North America, the author offers a unique insider perspective. The book also provides internal operating statistics on the TNC industry which are here available for the first time. Despite the spectacular growth of the TNC industry, growth rates have steadily declined and may reach zero by 2019 or 2020, while the taxicab industry has begun a recovery. This book offers a thorough explanation of how and why this has happened. It explains the taxicab industry, economic deregulation, competitive market failure, market disruption, price elasticity of demand and other concepts. There is also a wealth of data, computations, and analysis for the specialized reader.

Considering the past, present and future of the taxicab and TNC industries in Seattle, this book is recommended reading for both the general reader and professionals in the industry.


"Based upon many years of first-hand experience as a transportation regulator, Craig Leisy has written a comprehensive historic analysis of the Seattle taxicab and vehicle-for-hire industry. He has thoroughly documented the economic, social, political and logistical factors leading up to the takeover of the market by phone app based ride-hail companies, particularly Uber and Lyft. The Seattle story in this regard is strikingly similar to the stories of many other cities throughout North America and the world, making this book a compelling read."Thomas M. Drischler, retired former Taxicab Regulator for the City of Los Angeles, USA (1999 - 2016) and past chair of the International Association of Transportation Regulators

Table of Contents

1 Definitions and Concepts 2 Economic Regulation (1912-1978) 3 Economic Deregulation (1979-1983) 4 Deregulation: Lessons Learned 5 Economic Reregulation (1984-1995) 6 Regulatory Revision (1996-2010) 7 De Facto Economic Deregulation (2011-Present) 8 TNC v. Taxicabs 9 TNC Industry Growth (2013-Present) 10 Pending Issues 11 The Future

About the Author

Craig A. Leisy was Manager of the Consumer Protection Unit for City of Seattle for 22 years where he regulated the TNC, taxicab, limousine, towing and weights and measures. He retired to a writing career in 2017.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Transportation