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Safari Taxi's

edeluv
October 06, 2016 07:15PM

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Posts: 48

Do they go to Frenchtown from CA?

Many thanks.

Re: Safari Taxi's

Alana33
October 06, 2016 07:24PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 11,580

Yes but there's no real schedule.
You have to flag them down as you see one.
By the time you wait for one to come by, you can walk from town to Frenchtown.

Re: Safari Taxi's

edeluv
October 06, 2016 07:38PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 48

Thanks,

I've been very lucky with them I guess as I've never waited more than 2 minutes and I've taken them several times a day since I got here. But after posting this I realized Frenchtown is just by Windward Passage which is a short walk, so I'm jazzed.

Thanks for your help.
Cheers

Re: Safari Taxi's

Alana33
October 06, 2016 08:59PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 11,580

You're welcome and welcome to STT.
Enjoy!

Re: Safari Taxi's

Islander
October 06, 2016 10:41PM

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Throwing in some notes for those that might be unfamiliar with taxi situation... safaris... dollar rides...

In the VI, there are licensed taxis; and they are regulated by the VI Taxicab Commission. Taxis are usually vans, safaris, SUVs, or cars. There are fixed prices, per person, by destination.

Safaris are trucks with the truck bed decked out with bench seats and a cover, no windows, doors or seat belts. Small ones can hold like 10-12 people, large ones 24-26 people.

There are "gypsy taxis" and they are not licensed or regulated... essentially a driver using their personal vehicle to 'run taxi'. Usually they wait outside grocery stores, and sometimes late night outside bars. (Good idea to stick to licensed taxis... you can tell by the license plate and various placards on the vehicle stating capacity etc.)

"Dollar rides", which are operated by licensed taxis, run sort of like public transportation in the sense that they follow a very similar route, and stop at public bus stops or very close by, and they are kind-of regulated only as far as to have a fixed price they charge. I think its still $1 within town, and $2 outside of town. This is for St. Thomas. I think they exist on St. Croix too? Don't think they exist on St. John? Dollar ride operators vehicle of choice is the safari.

And there is VITRAN, which is the public transportation system - public buses.

So in this thread... the OP asked about Safari Taxis... but pretty sure the discussion refers to 'dollar rides'.

Re: Safari Taxi's

East Ender
October 07, 2016 09:12AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 4,846

Islander: You did a good job of explaining what I think is a very difficult topic. I think people see the open "safari" vehicles and think they are dollar ride. There is no way to distinguish them from regular taxis- they both have taxi plates- so there is lots of confusion.

Then there is the whole discussion of Uber...big grin

Re: Safari Taxi's

Islander
October 07, 2016 11:05AM

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Thank you East Ender, yes left out how to tell the difference between a safari operating as a "taxi" vs. one operating as a "dollar ride". Let's see...

So the safari vehicle and driver running the "dollar ride" routes as mentioned are actually taxis and taxi drivers. Telling which is which is, requires a bit of observation and deduction.

If the safari is by a cruise ship dock or popular tourist attraction, it's likely a taxi.
If the safari is really spic and span, nice paint job whether solid color and for sure if its a mural on wheels with flowers, fish, kids, cartoons etc. it is likely a taxi.
If it is filled with people with selfie sticks and cameras and phones pointing toward the view; you got it, taxi.
If its an older safari, a bit worn-out looking; possibly a 'dollar ride'.
If its pulling into bus stops or near them, very likely a 'dollar ride'.
If its filled with people with grocery bags on their lap, or by their feet; school kids in uniforms; people not taking photos or the scenery or video-taping the bumpy ride... then its a 'dollar ride'.
And of course the best way to double check is ask the passengers and/or driver... "dollar ride?"
The dollar rides don't have signs like public transportation, so no placard on the front saying which route they are on. So you have to ask the passengers and/or driver... "going town"? "heading country?" "heading east"?. You'll figure out the directional jargon quick enough, and then have the routes figured out after using it several times.

How's that East Ender? thinking

PS: I don't think Uber works here?

Re: Safari Taxi's

vicanuck
October 07, 2016 05:37PM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,065

With the way the VI taxi industry is set up, Uber would be perfect.

I'm sure they will be here sooner rather than later since they've already become a major factor in the Puerto Rico taxi industry in just a few short months.

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CruzanIron
October 07, 2016 09:18PM

Registered: 4 years ago
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I doubt the taxi industry would allow it.

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AandA2VI
October 07, 2016 11:43PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 2,080

^ yea, no way they'd allow it!

If you're looking for a taxi in CA - there is always ones outside of Hibuscus alley - in front of Banco popular. Seems that you can catch a dollar ride there too. You could walk. Idk about STT lately but STX had been miserably hot so I wold t walk lol. Heat usually doesn't bother me, but I'm melting.

Re: Safari Taxi's

Spartygrad95
October 08, 2016 06:36AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,870

Uber requires cars be less than 5 years old.. the GPS street mapping system is a mess. The taxi association too powerful. Most damming Uber has said they have no plans of expanding here.

Re: Safari Taxi's

vicanuck
October 08, 2016 08:37AM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,065

Time will tell.

Re: Safari Taxi's

Scubadoo
October 08, 2016 03:34PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,642

Quote
Spartygrad95
.. the GPS street mapping system is a mess.

I get by pretty well with my Garmin, it finds most addresses correctly. Biggest issue is the streets it has mapped that aren't streets but it doesn't take long to figure that out.

Re: Safari Taxi's

East Ender
October 08, 2016 06:32PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 4,846

If I may say, Islander, I am delighted to see you back...

The Uber thing is a big deal now with a lot of newcomers who think that things should be like they are back home. I was stirring the pot.wink

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