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ONLY ON 3: City Council says it might be time to look into cab shortage downtown

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington City Council has not said much on the taxi cab shortage in downtown that occurs during busy nights, but on Tuesday the majority agreed that it should be looked into.

"I think it might be time for us to chat with the cab companies again about getting more cabs out on the street, especially at busy times," said Councilman Kevin O’Grady.

WWAY has spoken to many cab drivers that say the problem with the number of cabs downtown lies in the number of permits from the city. These drivers say if more permits cannot be issued than an exemption on busy nights like New Year’s would solve the cab shortage. Councilman O'Grady says he's not sure if that is the best first step. The majority of council do agree though that the conversation regarding the cab shortage downtown is worth bringing up, especially with the cab companies who hold the majority of the permits that allow drivers to pick up downtown.

"They have always ensured me personally that there were plenty of cabs downtown,” O’Grady said. “I guess the question is why can't we get them out on the street when they are most needed."

Even though some city council members have acknowledged the cab shortage on busy nights, there is no word yet if council plans to bring the topic up during an upcoming meeting.

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