City Council to Vote on Controversial Taxi Stands

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will vote Monday night on whether to extend the pilot program that requires taxis to park only in designated taxi stands from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The ordinance originally passed unanimously in April and began in May.

While taxi companies originally agreed to test the program, taxi drivers soon began complaining that the plan was hurting their business rather than helping it. John Huskey, a driver for Economy Cab, has expressed his concerns to the City Council already and said he hopes they improve the plan.

"They don't need taxi stands," Huskey said. "Cabs have never needed to park downtown. They need a place to pull over, pick up their passengers, and drop them off."

Huskey also said the stands have caused fights to break out over who gets to take the cab. Police have defended the stands, saying that it's the drunk people causing fights, not because of the stands.

The stands are currently located on North Tenth, North Sixth, Locust, Cherry, and South Ninth streets.