Freedom Taxi is the product of two industry leaders, Everett M Abitbol and Evgeny A Freidman, and their commitment to excellence in the transportation industry. The first of its kind in Philadelphia, Freedom Taxi has made a commitment to the city of Philadelphia, riding public, and industry members to deploy a superior green and wheelchair accessible fleet of taxicabs. Launched in October 2011, Freedom Taxi is the cities fastest growing fleet comprised only of green and accessible vehicles. Their commitment to driver friendly and passenger friendly vehicles has been embraced by Philadelphians, visitors, drivers, advocacy groups and city/state officials.
In 2012 Freedom will deploy their web hail and online reservation system as well as the Freedom Taxi app; a first of its kind for taxi riders in Philadelphia.
Everett M. Abitbol is a co-founder of Freedom Taxi. He attended the University of Rhode Island and came to Philadelphia to work as an intern on Edward Rendell’s gubernatorial campaign. He subsequently joined Philadelphia’s PHL Taxi, as an owner, operator, and broker of taxicabs. During that time, Mr. Abitbol opened Broad Street Capital, a finance company that provided medallion and real estate loan origination with a portfolio in excess of $100 million. His talent for recognizing underserved markets and a uniquely creative approach to improving the industry through ten years of hands-on experience led Mr. Abitbol to envision a new operation that would serve the needs of owners, drivers, and passengers while improving the quality of life in the city.
Freedom Taxi is the realization of these ideals. Among the first of those underserved who engaged Mr. Abitbol’s attention were wheelchair-bound Philadelphians. He devised a comprehensive operation with passenger-friendly booking, well-trained drivers and maintenance workers, new, specially outfitted cabs, and reliable service. In their first year on the road, the five new taxis have transported nearly 2,000 people dependent on wheelchairs.
Freedom Taxi fulfills Mr. Abitbol’s ambition to establish Philadelphia’s first green and wheelchair- accessible taxi fleet. He also maintains operations in Chicago. Mr. Abitbol and his wife, Valerie, live in Center City, Philadelphia and are active in community and cultural affairs. He was recently honored as the Advocate of the Year by Liberty Resources and was awarded the Susan G. Komen Pink Ribbon of the Month. His dedication to improving the transportation landscape has been covered and recognized by the Daily News, Inquirer and Philadelphia Business Journal who profiled Mr. Abitbol during the launch of Freedom Taxi.
EVGENY A. FREIDMAN
Evgeny (Gene) A. Freidman is the owner and operator of the largest taxi fleet in New York City. Gene is the sole principal of Taxi Club Management (TCM), and oversees a number of subsidiaries under the TCM umbrella that handle every aspect of taxi ownership and maintenance.
A leader in New York’s transportation industry, Mr. Freidman works tirelessly to introduce and invest in hybrid and wheelchair-accessible taxis, setting a new standard for taxi transportation nationally. Beyond the 920 taxis in New York, Gene operates 510 taxis in Chicago and 200 in Philadelphia. Mr. Freidman is a partner in the Greater New York Taxi Association, Chicago’s Dispatch Taxi Affiliation and Philadelphia’s Freedom Taxi.
Over the last decade, Gene has been recognized and honored by numerous organizations in New York City. In 2008, he was named one of the “40 under 40” by Crain’s New York.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Gene came to the US at a young age and grew up in Queens. Educated by New York City public schools, he graduated from Skidmore College and the Benjamin H. Cardozo School of Law. In 1997, he was admitted to the New York Bar Association. Gene lives with his wife Sandra and eight year-old son Dylan. He splits his time between New York City, Chicago and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France.