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SFO Taxi Pickup Policy

Beginning Friday, February 1, 2019, new rules will apply to pickups at SFO

The new rules are based on the medallion type. Letters are being added to some vehicle numbers to indicate the medallion type.

All policies are subject to change and modification based on operational needs. Taxi drivers should always follow the instructions of the taxi starter.

P-Taxis

Vehicle number begins with a “P”.  Vehicles operating Purchased medallions must have a "p" prefix applied to the medallion number on the outside of the vehicle. (Sample photo below)

Taxi image with P in front of the Medallion number 475.

SHORTS

The short system is the same

LONGS

Drivers receive expedited access

  1. Enter Lot 3 as normal

  2. Immediately turn LEFT into new bypass lane

  3. Cross into Lot 4

  4. Exit Lot 4 as directed by staff

  5. Merge with K-Taxis from Lot 3

  6. Cross into Lot 2

NOTES:

• Drivers do not wait in Lot 3. Lot 3 is for K-Taxis only. Wait in Lot 4.

• Drivers will get faster access to Lot 2, but once they are in Lot 2 the system is the same.

• Keep intersections clear.

• Drivers will be exited if the lots are full when they arrive.


K-Taxis

Vehicle number begins with a “K”. Vehicles operating Post-K medallions must have a "K" prefix applied to their vehicle. (Sample photo below)

Taxi image with K in front of the Medallion number 919.

SHORTS

The short system is the same

LONGS

Drivers receive regular access

  1. Enter Lot 3 as normal

  2. Line up in Lot 3 as normal

  3. DO NOT enter Lot 4

  4. Keep entrance to Lot 4 clear

  5. Enter Lot 2 as directed by staff

NOTES:

• Do not enter Lot 4. Lot 4 is for P-Taxis only. Wait in Lot 3.

• P-Taxis will get faster access to Lot 2, but once you are in Lot 2 the system is the same.

• Keep intersections clear.

• Drivers will be exited if the lots are full when they arrive.


Ramp Taxis

The wheelchair-accessible taxi (numbered in the 9000s)

STANDARD

Have the same pickup privileges as “K-Taxis” (see “K-Taxis”)

EARN FAST PASSES

SFMTA issues fast passes to ramp taxis that meet wheelchair pickup goals. Pass is issued monthly.

  1. P-Taxi Pass: Drivers can use the “P-Taxi” expedited line  (see “P-Taxis”)

  2. Short Pass: Drivers can use the short line at any time

Drivers can use the fast pass credential an unlimited number of times during the valid month.

Only the driver who earned the fast pass can use it. See Appendix A for more detail.


All Other Taxis

Vehicle number begins with “T” or is numbered in the 2000s or 8000s.  Vehicles operating Pre-K or Corporate medallions must have a 'T' prefix applied to their vehicle. (Sample photo below)

Taxi image with T in front of the Medallion number 1523.

NO PICKUPS

Drivers may only drop off passengers at SFO, they are not eligible to pick up passengers.