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Stand under elevated road ignored by riders, cabbies

THE city's first cabstand beneath a downtown elevated road is being ignored by most passengers and taxis despite the authorities' intent to use such stands to improve traffic congestion.

Passengers in the area were still hailing cabs along the road yesterday and taxi drivers called the stand inconvenient. Almost no one was at the stand, at Gonghexin and Yanchang roads yesterday.

A passenger surnamed Zhang said it takes too much time to cross to get to the stand, which is at the middle of the road below the elevated road.

A cabbie riding by said he did not even notice the signs for the stand.

"Even during morning rush or afternoon rush people seldom wait at the stand," said a traffic assistant.

The stand used to be a parking space and greenery area, but was converted into a place where two to three cabs can wait. Traffic officials said they intended the stand to help clear the road for buses.

"It's a brand new thing for traffic management," said a city traffic official.

"We need further observation and evaluation," he said.


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