The Madeleine Brand Show for August 1, 2012

Lack of London traffic good for commuters, but bad for the cab business

First Olympic Lanes Open In London

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A taxi drives past an Olympic Lane marking on the Embankment on July 16, 2012 in London, England. The first Olympic lanes were due to be closed to all but Olympic traffic in London today, though many have stayed open.

Instead of the traffic snarl that Londoners expected, most lanes are flowing freely and traffic is down by 30 percent. It’s good news for commuters but bad for cabbies. Revenues are down and the tourists just aren’t showing up.

Cabbies are blocked from using VIP lanes set up for Olympic family and staff and most expected the worst. Cab drivers staged several protests against the VIP lanes before the start of the games. But instead of being stuck in a jam, cabbie Clint Cook is struggling to find passengers as the games get underway.


Clint Cook, London cab driver

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