Soglin went to State Street to observe taxis’ compliance with law

Mayor says ticketing will begin in a few weeks
Soglin went to State Street to observe taxis’ compliance with law

Days after pushing for greater observance of city laws about taxis driving on State Street, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin went to the city’s main drag early Saturday morning to checking on how local taxis responded.

The mayor said he wants to add taxi stands on State Street because the city’s 35-year-old ordinance that says vehicles can only use one block to conduct business, keeping the street a pedestrian mall.

Soglin said on Monday that most drivers are complying, but not all.

“They think once they’re on the street with a pickup, then can go the entire length of the street and around the normal traffic pattern on the rest of the downtown streets,” he said. “That the rest of us mere mortals have to deal with.”

Soglin said he hopes taxi companies will follow the ordinance and said he doesn’t want police wasting time writing tickets.

He said that ticketing will begin in a few weeks.

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