Monday, June 7, 2010

Getting Around In Nuevo Laredo


El Manana reports that some taxi drivers in Nuevo Laredo have done away with their meters and  are charging whatever they want.  The drivers contend that they have to do this in order to make ends meet, especially when it comes to fuel costs. 

Riders are naturally upset over this, and their frustration only grows when they try to report their experience.  Authorities are requiring proof from riders regarding the new, more expensive, billing method.

Luckily I don't have to travel far when I visit Nuevo Laredo.  I can just walk across, but I run the risk of getting stuck for hours in the long pedestrian line.  If I take my car across, it could be stolen, and again, I could spend up to an hour at the bridge in the heat.  And if I ever need a taxi, I need to take a little extra cash.

The only other option is to take my bike across.  It's cheap and I can bypass all the traffic on Bridge 1.  Yeah, it could be stolen, but think of the time and money I could save.

Ah, the challenges of a commuter are never-ending.  

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