(QCOSTARICA) Hailing a taxi in the area of downtown San José may become difficult in the very near future, as many taxi operators facing losses of up 50% due to congestion, may choose not to provide service.
Gilberth Ureña, head of the National Forum of Taxi Drivers (Foro Nacional de Taxistas), speaking on the radio program Nuestra Voz, called on the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes – MOPT) to resolve the problems of road congestion, especially in the downtown area of San José.
Ureña said that many users (of taxis) are preferring alternative (and cheaper) transportation methods such as buses, in contrast to the high cost of a taxi due to bottlenecks.
Besides the volume of traffic in the downtown area, the Foro chief points out that illegally parked vehicles adds to the congestion. Also, the greed of municipalities allowing (legal) parking is unbearable. “All roads four meters wide or more have a double road of paid parking,” said Ureña.
A typical ride, without congestion (that is a night and with little traffic), from La Sabana to the Teatro Nacional costs about ¢2.500 colones. However, the same ride, during the day and on weekends, when Paseo Colon is converted into a giant parking lot, the cost is ¢4.000 or more.