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San Diego Set To Study Cabs And Ambulances

The City Council agreed to extend its contract with the Metropolitan Transit System to run taxicabs in San Diego for one more year. The extension takes place as the city is rolling out its plan to study whether or not to change the way taxis are managed.

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Taxis lined up in downtown San Diego.

The city also renewed its contract with private company Rural/Metro Corporation, which operates ambulances in San Diego. On Monday, the council approved a one-year extension of the contract – with the option to stretch that to two years – while the city begins the process of putting the service out to bid.

Two years ago, the city dissolved a public-private partnership with the Arizona-based Rural/Metro, giving the company full control of managing ambulances. At the time, the city promised it would open a competitive bidding process. That hasn’t happened, but the city said it is working on it now.

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