Taxi Mafia Worse Than DC

This would be a taxi in Old San Juan, the capitol of Puerto Rico. Guess how much it is for a ride around their “Zone 1”?

$10. And then it jumps up by $5 at the mystery “zone” lines like in DC.

Its pretty much at least $20 for a Old San Juan to anywhere local trip each way.

The only bonus? Like in DC, longer rides are somewhat cheaper. Across the island is $80 which you can share with as many people that can fit into the van.

5 Comments so far

  1. Mad Cabbie (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

    Wayan, there is no mystery zone line in DC if you take a few minutes of your time to educate yourself and be smart where to flag your cab and so on….Check out this website it has all the “Mystery zone line” and fare calculator:,a,1187,q,487966,dctaxiNav,|30625|.asp

    I can’t wait until they put meters in DC cabs and we the drivers start getting paid for sitting in trafic while watching your faces turn red on the rear view mirror looking at the meter clicking….

    Be careful on what you pray for!

    Be well my friend,

    Mad Cabbie.

  2. wayan (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 10:30 am

    Mad Cabbie,

    I know where the DC Zone lines are because I live here. But it took me months to figure them out in pre-Internet days and now do you really expect tourists or visitors to spend an hour memorizing a website to roll out with taxis?

    And don’t you dare mention that crap map in taxis. Not even taxi drivers can use that right.

  3. c (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 10:44 am

    anyone know who to contact about fixing the fare calculator on the website? it says my ride to work is a 2 zone fare, when I know its 1.

  4. Mad Rider (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 11:59 am
  5. Tiff (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    First of all, I’ve been waiting for the day when we got a DC cabbie in our comments section to mix it up with Wayan. So many warm welcomes, Mad Cabbie. Seriously.

    Secondly, I actually would still prefer a metered system. I was pondering this on a recent trip to Manhattan. Traffic sucked, and it’s not that I enjoyed watching the meter continue to click by as we sat, but since the sign on the back of the seat in front of me explained precisely how the fare for idling time was figured, and since it’s not like the cabbie can ditch me and pick up another fare if my destination takes us through traffic, it seemed fair to me.

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