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ï Too late for Noel Gallagher: The City-County Council is expected to pass an ordinance that should provide for better taxi service in Indianapolis. Taxi companies will be required to send a cab within 15 minutes of being called. The city is also publishing a "passenger"s bill of rights." If you take a taxi, this is what you can expect: The driver should display an ID card in the cab and act in a clean and orderly manner; fare information must be provided; your ride should be via the shortest and most convenient route; the vehicle must be clean, and air-conditioned or heated depending on the weather; credit cards should be accepted; and service must be provided regardless of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender or disability. If you have a complaint about taxi service, you can call 1-317-327-4316, or 327-4897. The city now has 557 cabs, but only 481 licensed drivers. ï On your mark, get set Ö The $19.6 million 38th Street redevelopment project that is supposed to repair and beautify over 2 miles of road between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and Fall Creek Parkway has been delayed - just as work was set to begin. The Indiana Department of Transportation found that the contractor for the project, Hunt Paving Co., failed to meet the requirement that at least 15 percent of subcontractors for the job be women or minority-owned companies.

ï Indianapolis: City of Ö Seat Belt Laws. The Indianapolis Police Department has been getting a lot of heat for the number of traffic tickets written during this year"s Black Expo. The mayor has publicly apologized at a town meeting called by Julia Carson. Some have accused IPD of racial harassment in its treatment of motorists during Black Expo weekend. The city says it is trying to determine whether or not this is true. What seems indisputable, however, is that IPD saw this busy weekend as an irresistible opportunity to stop and ticket people for not wearing their seat belts. Four hundred and forty-one seat belt tickets were written. The next highest violation was for no license in possession - with 61 tickets. Question for Chief Jerry Barker: Is it really smart policy to put a seat belt check point in the heart of a downtown that wants to be a tourist destination?

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