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— "Have you had any problems from route and sitio drivers?" I ask as we cruise through one of the traffic circles in the Zona Rio. The smile in the rearview disappears.

"Muchas," he answers. "For a while it happened daily, especially over here near la línea. The yellow taxi drivers would yell at me and hit my car. Once they hit my windshield with a baseball bat. But it's been calm for the last month or so."

When we arrive at the border, Lemos turns over his shoulder and says, "Twenty pesos." That's $2, which is four bucks cheaper than the yellow cab driver charged me for the reverse trip.

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lluera May 1, 2015 @ 7:04 p.m.

The meters in the Taxi Libres either do not work or are rigged to charge more now. A yellow cab will take you for less than a dollar from the border to downtown but a Taxi Libre will charge you $5. Taxi Libre drivers also are not drug tested and many you can smell alcohol on them. The Taxi Libres are watched by no one so they do as they please and many do not even have permission and are cloned driven by who knows who. Using a Taxi Libre you are putting your life at risk. .


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