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Mayor Walsh appoints committee to review taxi industry

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the appointment of 24 people Friday to the Taxi Advisory Committee, which is asked to examine policy and regulations regarding the city’s cab industry.

Walsh said in a statement that he appreciated the patience of the public and the taxi industry over the past few months as the committee was formed. He said Boston was among cities and states that are working to “get a grasp on the changing face of transportation.”

“We look forward to engaging the public in several ways to gather valuable input and feedback from the people who make Boston the great city that it is,” he said.


“The issues facing the for-hire-transportation industry in Boston, and across the country, are significant,” said Chris English, chair of the committee, which includes representatives from the taxi industry, government, and ride-sharing companies Uber Boston and Lyft Inc.

The Globe reported in July that it had been 10 months since a city-commissioned review of the taxi industry called for the creation of an advisory committee to respond to reports of corruption and poorly enforced regulations.

In April 2013, the Globe reported that the city’s $1 billion taxi industry was plagued with corruption and that it lacked government oversight.

The taxi industry has also been disrupted by the advent of ride-sharing services.

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Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane @globe.com.