Morgantown Mayor, Bill Bryne, sent me an email saying that my blog post Morgantown Taxi Service is Rude was forwarded to him. To the individual who did this, thank you. Mayor Bryne is taking up the issue with Charleston.
Here is a copy of the email, sent through the blogs Contact Me tab:
This was just forwarded to me. We are following up with the company and will get you a reply as soon as we can. I am sorry you had this experience. Cab services are totally regulated through the Public Service Commission in Charleston, which grants monopoly status to cab companies. We think this needs to change and have been trying to get legislation passed to deal with this. Bill Byrne Mayor
It would seem that Morgantown, voted one of the best small cities in America, is being victimized by their own state. In turn, the citizens and students (who are the customers) are being insulted, harassed, and threatened. The Public Service Commission has created a public menace. Lacking quality service, West Virginia’s motives are clear to me. Financial. What a shame, it could be both ways. Courtesy should be fundamental to business, just as it should be to society in general.
Please, don’t think I fail to grasp their position. They are driving home groups of party-goers. I am under no illusion; some are rowdy and rude. My point is, being preemptively rude to students is not helpful. It incites conflict. We, as a society, have mandated getting drunk drivers off the road. This generation is listening so why would West Virginia discourage this behavior?