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Taxi stands now in place at the Charleston Market late at night

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A new Charleston City Ordinance makes it impossible to hail a cab in certain parts of the city between certain hours.

Lots of people enjoy spending time downtown late at night. That can cause traffic problems when taxis pick up customers in crowded areas like the market.

The new ordinance applies to the Market Street area. It is now illegal for a cab to pick you up at the market from 12:30AM-3AM. Instead, there will now be 3 taxi stands available. There will be one stand near Meeting Street, one in the middle of the market where horse carriages pick up customers during the day and one near East Bay street in front of several restaurants and clubs.

Taxis will line up and take customers on a first come, first served basis at the taxi stands.

Quintin Washington is a greeter at Market Street Deli. He says a lot of people on Market Street do not like how taxis stop to pick people up in the middle of the road, "a lot of business folks are very upset about that. And they'd like for taxi vendors to be located in certain places so traffic will not be snarled."

That is the primary purpose of the ordinance, to cut down on traffic issues.

The ordinance only applies to taxis who are picking up passengers. A taxi can still drop customers off in front of their location of choice. 

The ordinance will last for one year unless City Council decides to extend it.

 

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