City commission makes change to taxi ordinance

Mayor doesn't want taxis cruising State Street
City commission makes change to taxi ordinance

The Madison Plan Commission on Monday reviewed a proposal that would allow taxis to cruise on State Street from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

In the past, Mayor Paul Soglin did not want cabs to cruise on the pedestrian and bike friendly State Street. The mayor said he would rather use taxi stands on various corners.

At Monday night’s meeting, the issue was debated for more than an hour before the commission finally decided to change the time to start at midnight and go to 4 a.m.

Commission members said that change would accommodate the bus schedule and not overcrowd State Street with vehicles.

Many at the meeting said they were concerned for the safety of those on State Street during those late hours and they believe taxis will be a benefit.

“I’m just not convinced that allowing taxis cruising and helping folks get to where they need to go, when they perhaps have been drinking, or might be in otherwise unsafe positions or places, I just don’t think it’s the end of the world,” said Michael Heifetz, a member of the Madison Plan Commission.

The plan will now go to the city Transit and Parking Commission and then to the Madison Common Council within the next month for approval.