Taxi drivers took their protest against the proposed Metro Guagua project for Las Palmas to Calle Mesa y Lopez in the city to raise their concerns about this new means of transport.
Several taxi associations were represented in the demonstration, as they believe that they have not been sufficiently consulted in the planning of this major infrastructure investment. Antonio Leon, a member of one taxi association, said that they are not against the project, although they believe that they have not been consulted. “We are seeing so much street pedestrianisation, and taxis have to use the same roads as cars.”
The Councillor of Mobility of the City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Jose Eduardo Ramirez, offered to explain the project and wants to make a reasonable response to this protest of taxi drivers. “Our efforts are to try to convince all residents of the benefits of the Metro Guagua, and how this will improve the life of the city in general when the Metro Guagua is finally operating to transport people quickly and cheaply from one part of the city to another.”
The Metro Guagua, which could become operational in 2021, will bring pedestrianisation of more streets in the capital city, and also include more cycle lanes.
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