Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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help taxi companies remain profit-
able despite rising gas prices.
The previous taxi rates were
set in Oct. 2007, when gas cost an
average of $2.93 per gallon, accord-
ing to the Automobile Association
of America. The average price for
a gallon of gas in Ann Arbor was
$4.02 on May 22.
"It will probably ease the pain
the taxicab companies are feeling,"
Singleton said. "But it's only a tem-
Singleton said the surcharge
isn't a real solution. To fully tackle
rising fuel costs, Singleton said the
city might consider deregulating
taxis in Ann Arbor, although such
a measure is at least three to six
For now, the price increase isn't
going to make any taxi drivers rich,
but it will help keep them from
going broke, said David Rosen-
stock, a Yellow Cab taxi driver.
Rosenstock said he doesn't expect
the surcharges to hurt business.
"If people need cabs, they're
going to use cabs," he said.
Yellow Cab, one of the local com-
panies that pushed for the city to
increase rates, did not return calls
Keith Johnson, the general man-
ager of the University's Fleet and
Garage Operations, said the Uni-
versity has also felt the pinch of ris-
ing gas prices.
In July 2007, the University paid
$2.426 for a gallon of B20 biodie-
sel. The University expects to pay
$3.930 per gallon this month. The
University gets a tax rebate for
using biodiesel from a specific sup-
plier, so its fuel prices are cheaper
than those paid by consumers.
Johnson said there isn't much
the University can do to fight
rising fuel costs aside from
leaving the buses parked. But
the University doesn't plan on
reducing bus service, he said.
"Buseshave becomelike water
and electricity," Johnson said.
"It's part of runningthe campus."
2 and 4 miles per gallon and travel
more than one million combined
miles per year, said Dave Miller,
executive director of University
Parking and Transportation servic-
es. During fall and winter semes-
ters, Miller said typically 35 to 40
buses run at any given time.
For the fiscal year 2007, that
cost $700,000 in fuel alone. For
the fiscal year 2008, Miller said
the University projects a fuel bill
of $900,000 - which could rise to
more than $1 million if fuel costs
continue to climb.
Experts predict that fuel costs
will continue to rise for the fore-
seeable future. If so, Downey said
she would find ways to avoid taking
taxis or driving her car - so long as
it's warm out.
"(Rising prices) would make me
more likely to walk," Downey said.
"Unless it was really cold."
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Jun Ni, dean of the joint institute,
said the institute wants to "expand
beyond engineering" and serve
students from other colleges at the
Administrators also looked to
create new partnerships during
the discussions. Lester Monts,
senior vice provost for academic
affairs, will visit Beijing next fall
to finalize plans to establish a Con-
fucius Institute, a center for Chi-
nese language and culture, on the
University's Ann Arbor campus.
"Through the Confucius Insti-
tute, we hope to expand on the
already substantial opportunities
for students and faculty in China,
especially those interested in Chi-
nese arts," Monts said in an e-mail
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