Baltimore Yellow Cab Company was founded in 1909 by W.W. Cloud. The company was one of the first taxi companies in the entire US.
In early taxis, drivers and passengers were open to the elements, so everyone had to dress for the weather.
The company had many innovative approaches to marketing. For example, to get the attention of potential customers, taxis lined up at Penn Station, creating one of the first taxi stands.
Our taxis looked like this around the 1920’s.
Baltimore Yellow Cab continued to be a market leader being the first taxi company to hire female drivers in 1946.
This article appeared in the Baltimore Sun announcing our female drivers.
Our history of innovation continued as we adopted the most modern methods of dispatching cabs, informing drivers of where to pick up waiting passengers.
Yellow Cab Baltimore continued to be a leader and in 1951 was one of the first to hire African American drivers.
Following the successful hiring of 14 African American drivers to start, our executives met with representatives of the Urban League, which resulted in Yellow Cab employing nearly 300 African American drivers by 1953.
Our vintage taxi led the Parade for the opening of the new Convention Center in the 1980’s.
The leaders of Yellow Cab, George and Mark Joseph, became a critical part of the mayor’s team to transform Baltimore in the mid-1970s. They built a close partnership with Mayor Donald Schaefer and fully supported his vision.
After World War II, the central city of Baltimore suffered as manufacturing declined and many people moved to the suburbs.
The Baltimore Inner Harbor Project and the new Convention Center opened in the 1980’s, catalyzing a tremendous renewal of the city.
By creating strong relationships with customers and the community, we secured contracts with hotels, Johns Hopkins, and local businesses.
In the 1980’s, we expanded into new services including paratransit services for the elderly and disabled, shared ride, sedan cars, and buses.
In 1989, we moved into new offices, creating the first urban automotive Mall, with Jiffy Lube, a car wash and Thrifty Rental Car.
In 2001, Veolia Environment, a global environmental solutions company, purchased Yellow Cab Baltimore as they entered the North American market. The companies share similar values of customer service, integrity and innovation.
Today our company has over 600 taxis and is the largest in Baltimore, deploying modern computer terminals in each taxi to make our service more prompt and efficient. We continue to care deeply about the City of Baltimore, our partnership with our drivers, and the residents of the city.
Yellow Cab Baltimore is going green! Last year we began to add hybrid vehicles to our fleet, to do our part to reduce emissions and combat global warming. The vehicles have proven very popular with our drivers and passengers.