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Oklahoma City Council approves taxi parking rules, park plans

The Oklahoma City Council moved forward Tuesday with rules for taxicab parking downtown and in Bricktown, and with plans for a park at Kitchen Lake.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Published: February 22, 2012

The Oklahoma City Council approved new rules Tuesday for parking by taxicabs downtown and in Bricktown and moved forward with plans for a 160-acre park in the southeast part of town.

A new ordinance that bans taxis from parking at metered spaces in the downtown business and entertainment districts gained unanimous approval Tuesday. City officials also created more taxi stands in response to concerns raised by cabdrivers and opened up spaces in Bricktown reserved for horse-drawn carriages for use by taxis in the early-morning hours when bar patrons head home.

Taxicab drivers had voiced their opposition to the measure unless changes were made to allow drivers to use metered spaces for personal business while off duty and unless the city did more to make parking available to taxis looking for fares, but the council approved the ordinance without making changes. The council delayed adopting the ordinance by more than a year while officials looked for ways to assuage the drivers' concerns, but ultimately the chief compromises were only the new taxi stands and use of carriage spaces late at night.

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