Taxi cruising approved during regulated times on State Street

Madison Mayor Soglin clashes with student representative over hours for taxi cruising

Madison’s City Council set the times for a new ordinance limiting the hours taxis can cruise on State Street.

During the meeting Tuesday night, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin argued that taxi cruising is not even necessary when taxi stands could be implemented, “I find it very unusual in this city which has the second number of bookstores per capita in the U.S. that we are incapable of using taxi cab stands.”

The new ordinance will allow taxis to drive on State Street from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. every day of the week.

Mayor Soglin got into a heated debate during the City Council meeting with a University of Wisconsin-Madison student representative who supported allowing taxis to cruise from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. “Students need to get home, perhaps they’re under a variety of situations,” David Gardner said. “Having a very visible option at one in the morning, when there isn’t a bus running, but there is a cab driving down State Street, is absolute common sense.”

The City Council’s decision was a compromise between the two positions.