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For those who live in Ward 8, it isn’t hard to see that we need more licensed taxis in Calgary. Over the past 30 years the number of licenses that we have released to the market is quite simply not keeping pace with the incredible population growth (we have doubled in this timeframe) in our city. This growth will continue, economic downturn or otherwise.
I was deeply disappointed yesterday when seven members of Council, including the Mayor, voted to delay the release of 129 new taxi plates in our city. Although the reasoning was given that our city’s population won’t grow as fast as once predicted, I voted against the deferral because we’re already behind – even with zero growth, we still need more licenses.
The urban landscape is changing rapidly, and Calgarians are getting around in all sorts of ways that don’t depend on vehicle ownership. More and more we’re using bicycles, skateboards, carpooling, services like Uber and car2go, taxis and our own two feet. Council’s decision to delay harkens back to an old way of thinking that just doesn’t fit anymore.
I will continue pushing hard on this issue, and I hope not only to make our taxi system work better and more effectively for all Calgarians, but to bring our entire transportation network in line with a reality that is obvious to most of its daily users: Calgary has been a big, dynamic and forward-thinking city for a while, and it’s time we caught up.
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