State extends BWI taxi contract for one year
The move tamps down a controversy kicked up by local cabbies who did not want the state contract to go to a Virginia-based firm. That company, called Dulles Airport Taxi, Inc., would have paid the state more money for the airport rights. But cab drivers feared new management would cut jobs and pay. They drove their cabs around state circle earlier this week to protest.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, one of the three state officials on the BPW, said he wants the Maryland's Department of Transportation to have an additional year to review the contract and find a way to balance state revenues with the needs of the taxi drivers.
Treasurer Nancy Kopp agreed. As did Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who presided over the Board because Gov. Martin O'Malley is at a Democratic Governors Association meeting in Chicago.