CALGARY – The city will be cracking down on anyone caught hailing a cab close to the Stampede grounds this year, instead of using one of four designated taxi stands.
Officials are setting up the staffed cab stands in hopes it will ease traffic congestion in the area, and make it easier for Stampede-goers to grab a cab.
“There will be peace officers doing traffic duty on various intersections to keep traffic moving, get people in and get people out,” explains Marc Halat, City of Calgary.
The officers will also help with crowd management.
“There is going to be delays,” adds Halat. “But I think if people know there’s taxi that’s going to be there in a short amount of time, they’re prepared to be patient and wait.”
Cabs will gather near the BMO Centre and the north gate, near the Stampede LRT station and by the Erlton LRT station.
MAP: Where to catch a cab during the 2014 Calgary Stampede
The city has over 1,500 cabs, but demand spikes during the ten days in July when the Calgary Stampede is held.
“[During] these 10 days it doesn’t matter how many taxis you have, you cannot fulfill the demand,” says Rupinder Gill with Calgary United Cabs.