Monday, August 30, 2010

Pink Women Only Taxis in Mexico City

A few years ago, women and children cars in the metro were introduced.  If you've ever been on the metro in Mexico City in rush hour, you'll know why they did this.  Women were constantly being harrassed, touched, and ogled in the mixed metro cars, so the government provided the women and children only cars as a way to make women feel safer.

They also implemented what are called "Athena" buses.  The buses look like normal city buses except they have pink writing on the side that say "Women and Children".

In September, Mexico City will roll out a fleet of pink taxis for women.  The taxis will charge the same fares as regular taxis, and a number of women taxistas are currently undergoing training to prepare for the launch. 

This is not a totally new concept, as pink taxis have been running in the state of Puebla for some time.  It will be interesting to see if this catches on and becomes the most popular transportation choice for women in Mexico City. 

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