Despite an increased number of cabs on Chengdu's streets and raised fares meant to curb passenger demand for cabs, researchers have stated that the city still needs 2,365 additional vehicles in order to adequately meet demand.
A team from the National Bureau of Statistics surveyed taxi operations in central Chengdu from June to August of this year.
The researchers found that during peak travel times, for every available cab, four passengers were waiting. And passengers say that they wait around 30 minutes before they can find an empty taxi during those times.
While on the roads, taxis were carrying passengers 75 percent of the time, the team said. The average waiting period for a taxi was around 10 minutes.
They also found that locating an empty cab was easier within the Second Ring Road than outside it.
Since 2007, the number of taxis on Chengdu's roads has increased by 2,300 vehicles.
The research team concluded that the main causes for the taxi crunch are the city's overall heavy traffic and a severe shortage in the number of cabs on the roads.
According to the city transportation bureau, by 2011, the city center will have 13,000 taxis on its roads, and that number will increase to 15,860 by the year 2015. Currently there are 10,635 cabs operating on Chengdu's streets.