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RDU International Wants Out Of The Taxi Business

Posted May 16, 2002 10:54 a.m. EDT

— RDU International

wants to get out of the taxi business.

There have been complaints about taxi service and the airport last year subsidized taxi operations to the tune of $750,000.

Under the present system, most drivers lease their taxis from operators for as much as $500 a week. They have additional expenses to boot.

A new proposal would put an independent company in charge of all taxi operations. Present operators say there is not a need for a change.

"They are not fixing the system. If they fix this system like we want or like they should be, they would not have a problem," said Chuka Emodi, president of the RDU Taxi Operators Association.

The proposed plan goes before the Airport Authority Thursday. No action is expected until later in the year.