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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Difference in public transportation in between Minneapolis MN, USA and Quito, Ecuador. Taxis. May 2013.
If you don't
like riding bus in Quito, there are always taxis, almost everywhere, almost all day and night. In Quito you can hail a cab on streets, go to a taxicab stand, or call a taxi
company - if they have units, waiting time is short, from one-two minutes to
ten-fifteen minutes. At night it's good idea to call taxi services to reduce the risk of mistreatment.
There are not
cabs available on the streets of Minneapolis, only very few taxicab stands in downtown, you
cannot flag down cabs even if it drives by empty, it is not going to stop for
you and it's not quick and easy to call a taxi either.
comparison: in Minneapolis it costs $3.50
to get into the cab,
in Quito it costs 35 cents. In Mnpls it costs about $1.75 for every 45 seconds
of a taxi ride. In Quito it is about $2.50 - $3 for 15 min taxi ride, which is
about 17 - 20 cents per minute.
In Quito you
can have "bad apple" cab driver, there were cases of drivers calling
their accomplices and robbing, mistreating passengers, although very seldom.
with Quito cab drivers is almost always positive, when we lived in Centro
Historico we had problem that taxi drivers sometimes didn't want to drive us there.
One time when taxi driver heard me and my girlfriend talking Russian he asked
us to leave his car.
In Quito you have
to be alert, cannot relax much when you are on a bus or in a taxi. I still
prefer Quito's public transportation to Minneapolis'.
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