Taxi zones are installed throughout downtown and in Business Revitalization Zones (BRZs) at office buildings, hotels, and restaurants where the demand is the highest. The City works in cooperation with the Taxi and Limousine Advisory Committee (TLAC) in determining appropriate locations for Taxi zones.
Taxi hydrant zones
The implementation of Taxi hydrant zones was a pilot project, supported by the Calgary Fire Department, whereby Taxis would use the street space at a fire hydrant to wait or stand for a fare. This concept provided many benefits for the Fire Department, Taxi Industry as well as Traffic. The pilot project is now complete as is an approved Council policy.
These zones can be found throughout the downtown core and most recently the program has expanded to Kensington BRZ.
The result of implementing Taxi hydrant zones is:
- Greater access to taxis for the public.
- Improved emergency access.
- Efficient use of street space.
- Increase of public parking space.
- Reduced driving for taxi drivers to seek customers.
Late night taxi zone - Centre city pilot project
These zones are in operation Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Patrons from eating and drinking establishments can easily go to these zones to find a taxi. There are currently eight zones throughout the Beltline, Uptown 17 Avenue, and Mission business areas.
The goal for installing these zones is to discourage drinking and driving by making taxis more accessible, increasing safety while loading/unloading takes place and to get patrons on their way home as quickly as possible.