CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The city of Dongducheon and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service have yet to agree to a plan that would restore full taxi service to the Camp Casey area.
Officials from the two groups met Monday but remained divided over a contract AAFES implemented with Kumkang Taxi in June.
“We’re still in negotiations,” said AAFES general manager Ken Limtiaco. “Nothing really resolved at this point, but we’re hoping it’s going to come to that.”
City officials were not available for comment Monday.
Dongducheon Mayor Oh Se-chang recalled Kumkang’s taxis from Camp Casey after less than a day in June when local residents complained they couldn’t find taxis.
However, AAFES still has a legally binding contract with Kumkang.
The city has since asked AAFES to accept a deal that would combine local taxis and Kumkang’s with a yet-to-be created new company that would serve only the military.
AAFES fired Worldcup Arirang Tourism Co., the previous military-only taxi company, for breach of contract after the drivers went on strike for the second time in two years.
The Camp Casey enclave has depended on limited service since the Worldcup Arirang drivers went on strike in April. Few servicemembers in the area are allowed to drive personal vehicles.