Seoul City to Increase Late-Night Taxi Services for Year-End Demand

SEOUL – In response to an expected surge in demand due to year-end gatherings, the Seoul city government announced on Wednesday plans to increase the number of late-night taxis and extend bus services through the end of the year.

According to Yonhap News Agency, 2,500 additional late-night cabs will be introduced, and temporary taxi stops will be set up in 12 locations, including Gangnam and Seoul Station, to facilitate one-on-one passenger pick-ups. To ensure a sufficient supply of taxis, incentives will be offered to drivers by the taxi industry and ride-hailing platforms such as Kakao T and Tada.

To address issues of service refusal and false occupied signs, the city will deploy personnel from December 4 through January 5 in areas where major passenger complaints are reported. Additionally, buses on 87 routes passing through crowded downtown areas will extend operations until 1 a.m., starting December 15 until year-end. Night buses, which operate from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., will also see two additional buses deployed on all 14 routes.

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