Reader: The free cab program is great -- until you try to find a taxi

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Not a common sight in LoDo
Our hat's off to Denver attorney Michael Sawaya, whose law firm offered free taxi rides through the holiday season -- for the fourth year running! -- to drinkers who realize they shouldn't drive. There's just one roadblock to the project, as reveler blizzardo points out:

The problem on New Year's Eve is not paying for taxis, it's finding taxis. Westword should do a story about the city's attempts (if any) to alleviate this problem.

Blizzardo, it's more complicated than you might think: So far, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission has stymied attempts by one group of cabbies to start a new company -- and Denver officials have told the PUC that they don't think there's any shortage of taxis in this town (which means they've never tried to find a cab in LoDo at 2 a.m. on any weekend night -- and forget New Year's Eve).

Those were among the fascinating revelations in Joel Warner's recent Westword story about Denver's taxi jam, "Mean Streets."

How long did you wait for a cab on New Year's Eve? Tell us in the comments section below. We'll forward them to the PUC. And in the meantime, you can read more bad taxi stories here.

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It's NYE, what do you expect. This is not a problem that strictly Denver faces. It is difficult to find a cab no matter what city you're in on NYE. It's the one night of the year where it's hard to find a cab but I have had no problems at all on the other 364 days.


I think it is great that The Sawaya Law Firm is raising awareness about safe transportation over Holiday weekends! It is a small way to make a big difference. It is difficult to find cabs in Denver on weekends and people should have a plan B just in case (especially over New Years weekend) Thanks Michael Sawaya for making the streets of Colorado a little more safe!


Called for a cab at 2.15 on Friday night. Got a call at 5 letting us know the cab was waiting outside. Only 2h45? Amazing!


I think it is great that The Sawaya Law Firm is raising awareness about safe transportation over Holiday weekends!- JacquelineI hope the message The Sawaya Law Firm is sending out is with people every weekend, not just over holiday weekends.Thanks for your generosity Mike Sawaya!

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