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Md. extends BWI's taxi concession contract

Monday - 7/18/2011, 11:02pm  ET

BWI rogue cabs (WTOP Photo/Neal Augenstein)
Other cabs were allowed to help out at BWI when drivers who normally service the airport were at a protest. (WTOP Photo/Neal Augenstein)

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Board of Public Works has extended the taxi concession contract at Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport with the current company by one year.

The move was made after drivers this week protested a proposal that would have awarded the contract to Virginia-based Dulles Airport Taxi Inc., which would have paid the state $1 million more for the airport rights than current concession holder BWI Taxi Management.

Drivers said they feared that Dulles Airport Taxi would reduce the number of owner-operated taxis at the airport.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says he wants Maryland's Department of Transportation to have more time to review the contract and find a way to balance state revenues with the needs of taxi drivers.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com


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