Request to Document Uber’s Devastation Of Boston’s Taxi Medallion Industry

Specification For My Freedom Of Information Request To Boston’s Taxi Regulators: Tom Lema and Kate Hoffman

Kate and Tom,

An amazing analysis has just been published on January 17, 2017 by quant guru Todd Schneider. Todd describes himself as “a software writer for Genius who went to Yale University and once worked for a hedge fund.”

Within minutes after receiving this data from you, I will forward it to Todd.

[Todd: please consider my subtle request to analyze our Boston data….]

Here is Todd’s article:

Open Data Shows Chicago’s Taxi Industry Shrinking Faster Than NYC’s

Please fulfill this request for Boston using the IDENTICAL, EXACT and COMPLETE specification provided to Todd by Chicago’s taxi regulator linked to below. As you know you are legally required to email this data set to me in electronic form within 10 days. Also, as you know, this request is subject to the NEW Massachusetts Public Records Law, effective January 1, 2017 and the City of Boston Open Data Policy.

Unlike previous information you’ve released to date after other Freedom of Information Requests by me and many others, this data set will provide the thorough release of information necessary to analyze the devastating effect the entry of Uber and Lyft has had on the Boston medallion taxi industry since the peak of the bubble in medallion transfer prices during the first half of 2014.

This data set from the pre Uber year beginning January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016 will explain why most of the medallion transfer prices during calendar 2015 and calendar 2016 were at values established between related parties way, way above arm’s length values established by legitimate market discovery during that period.

I’ve begun doing research on transfers in New York, Chicago and Boston made at the simultaneous peak of the bubble in medallion transfer prices in all three cities during the first half of 2014 and before. I’m gathering information that may or may not provide evidence of predatory lending, market manipulation, securities fraud and violation of state and federal banking regulations.

Please note I’ve copied the following people publicly. Readers: for the record my previous Freedom of Information Requests since March 2016 would never have been provided by Hackney without the intervention of Dan Koh. Also, again for the record, it is my belief Boston Police Commissioner Evans is unaware of the issues related to transfer prices and their concealment.

  • Dan Koh, Chief of Staff for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
  • Lauren Lockwood, Chief Digital Officer for the City of Boston
  • Howard Lim, Manager, Open Data Project
    Todd Schneider, Guru of Taxi Industry Analysis
  • Glenn Kaplan, Division Chief of the Attorney General’s Insurance & Financial Services Division
  • Donna Blythe-Shaw, Founder and Representative of the USW Boston Taxi Drivers Association, 2007-2016
  • Shannon Liss-Riordan, “the best known wage class action lawyer on the plaintiff side in this area, if not the entire country” and Uber’s Worst Nightmare.
  • Jonathan Saltzman, Boston Globe Spotlight Reporter, co-author of the Spotlight Report exposing the vast corruption of Boston’s taxi industry
  • This email also appears on my blog Sharing Opinions.

Full Disclosure:

As I’ve said to Dan Koh, I urge him to run for Congress as soon as possible. I’m not the only one who thinks he can follow in the footsteps of Barney Frank, once the 27-year-old Chief of Staff for Boston Mayor Kevin White. Here’s a photo of Barney in 1968.

I will do whatever I can to get Dan elected and Senator Warren re-elected. After I finish this post, I’m driving to DC to disrupt the inauguration of Donald Trump.




Kate and Tom:

Here is the specification for the data set you are legally required to release publicly within 10 days after my request.




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