Committee: Cab drivers should be on State Street

Committee will make recommendation to city next week

A recommendation from a special committee suggests cab drivers should be allowed on State Street.

A committee of three is assigned to get more input from the community on the issue of allowing taxi cabs to travel the street.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin wants the street to be for the pedestrians.

After hearing from drivers and others who have spoken out on the topic, committee members want the city to let taxis drive on State Street during late night hours and wait for people needing a ride.

“State Street and downtown are areas that have many different users and user groups, and we think they all, uh, we’d like input from all,” said Mary Carbine, the committee chair.

“We don’t really want to be removed from State Street because we want these people to find our cabs, to get in a cab and go home,” said David Lee, Union Cab operating manager.

The committee also called for the city to re-evaluate cab stands.

Members will share their recommendations to Madison’s Coordinating Committee next week.