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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Customers at Yongsan Garrison will find no relief from long taxi lines this week, as 51 new drivers await decals for their cabs.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials said Thursday that they expect to finish the decal process early next week, putting 28 more taxis on the road.

AAFES had hoped to have the taxis running by Wednesday, but post passes for the drivers employed under a new contract with the company, A Cab Taxi Consortium, weren’t approved until Thursday afternoon.

Taxis have been in short supply since June at the garrison, where most troops aren’t allowed to own cars. That month, AAFES terminated its primary contract with World Cup Arirang Tourism Co. after a lengthy drivers’ strike.

When World Cup left the garrison it took 92 taxis and its dispatch service with it.

At the time, secondary contractor Yonhap Taxi had only 50 taxis. In late June Yonhap put 50 more taxis on the road, which still left the garrison with only about two-thirds the number of cabs it had before the World Cup strike.

To compensate, garrison officials doubled the number of post shuttle bus trips, but discontinued the additional service Aug. 11, saying drivers would have additional duties for this week’s Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise.


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