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Taxi stands to ease woes in Lujiazui

TAXI stands to facilitate cab pools will be built inside the Lujiazui office compound, good news to the tens of thousands of company workers and visitors in the area who struggle to hail taxis every day.

Government officials said the 11 new taxi stands and the refurbishing of two existing ones inside Lujiazui are due to be completed by the end of June.

After that, 16 more such taxi stands, with obvious logos and road space to facilitate parking cabs, are scheduled to be completed as part of the Lujiazui management authority's initiative to improve public services inside the city's high-end financial office hub.

Many office workers in the area have long complained that it's inconvenient for them to get a taxi inside Lujiazui. They describe the effort to find a cab during rush hour at the end of the work day as akin to "fighting a war." Arduous marching around the streets sometimes ends up as a fruitless effort. Some opt for walking far from their office buildings to the entrances of hotels and shopping malls, where taxies are legally allowed to park.

The new taxi stands will ensure drivers are not fined for stopping on the street and people will have more spots to wait by for cab service.


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