May Train Station Enter Into An Exclusive Lease With a Single Cab Company ?
In Donovan v. Pennsylvania Company, 199 U.S. 279, 26 S. Ct. 91, 50 L. Ed. 192 (1905), the United States Supreme Court held that the owner of a train station could enter into an exclusive lease of a carriage stand and small piece of ground at the station with a single cab company, namely the one that agreed to "keep at all times clean vehicles, carriages, and cabs with uniformed, honest, and competent drivers, who would be satisfactory to the railway company." Id. at 282.
The Supreme Court rejected the contention of rival cab companies that its cabs and hackmen were entitled to do business at a place devoted to public uses, such as a train station.