“The speedy driver recorded on social media has been cited."
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A Facebook video of Tijuana taxi drivers racing each other on Sunday morning lead many Tijuanenses to call out the habits of these drivers and to demand accountability from transit police.

The video shows taxis de ruta, which act more like minibuses than private cabs, racing along the normally congested Boulevard Diaz Ordaz during low traffic hours. The people recording the video can be heard commenting things like “they are racing with passengers on board, what is wrong with them?” and “they’re carrying people, not cattle.”

Comments on the video shared by a Tijuana memes page included serious concerns about how widespread the problem of route taxis racing is. “This is how accidents are caused,” wrote a woman. “These guys always blow past red lights and race each other to pick up more passengers at the next stop,” posted another Facebook user.

Others joked about how everyone wins when “public transportation is faster.” A commenter wrote, “they obviously have to drive like this because we are all in a hurry to get home.” One young man simply stated that if everyone were to send in a video of taxis de ruta racing the page would become overrun with such content.

The video was reposted on Tijuana-based journalist Alfredo Alvarez’s page with the message “Look at this… here is a mission for Francisco Fraga,” calling out the new director of Tijuana’s public transit office, who was sworn in this November. At his taking of the oath, Fraga stated he would “firmly work to uphold the office’s policies” and work to instill greater order in public transportation.

After much outcry, the driver of one of the taxis seen racing in the video was fined on Monday. In a picture posted to Alvarez's Facebook page, a Tijuana transit officer is seen giving a fine to the driver at a municipal office while Fraga stands by. “The speedy driver recorded on social media has been cited. Thanks to Francisco Fraga for tending to citizen complaints,” reads the text accompanying the picture.

Gabriela, who declined to provide her last name, travels from the east end of the red and black taxi route to downtown Tijuana, where she then walks to the El Chaparral border crossing. She said that while it is a good thing the law is being enforced, one irresponsible driver receiving a fine isn't enough.

“Yeah, they got one driver, but most of the others race each other too, even in heavy traffic. And that’s just the taxi drivers, then you have the mini bus drivers and bus drivers racing each other too. It is an endless problem,” she said.

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Grolyate April 16, 2019 @ 4:26 p.m.

The singular of lead is "leads". The past tense of lead is "led". Not sure which one you wanted in the first line of the story, but what you have is not grammatical.

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Anyatori44 April 17, 2019 @ 1:33 a.m.

"... most of all other race too much, even in heavy traffic. If you’re a taxi driver, then you’re a taxi driver.  It is an endless problem. " I believe that there should be a strong-willed decision not only for Francisco Fraga. All residents should be involved in this decision. I probably wrong, but I believe that we ourselves contribute to the competition to earn money faster.

The fact that at the same time people who pay this money will be in danger - nobody cares. This is wrong. The article has the main lines that invite drivers to arrange a car race, and employees look at it as a common thing.

"Others joked about how everyone wins when “public transportation is faster.” A commenter wrote, “they obviously have to drive like this because we are all in a hurry to get home.”

One young man simply stated that if everyone were to send in a video of taxis de ruta racing the page would become overrun with such content." As long as the articles contain such lines (and they reflect our thoughts, which means we support such drivers as racers), no restrictions from Francisco Fraga and even heavy fines will not be applied.

We all need to think very seriously about this now. While sad cases with a large number of innocent victims have not yet occurred.

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Visduh April 17, 2019 @ 10:32 a.m.

The traffic in TJ was crazy forty years ago, and I can imagine that it hasn't improved at all. Now I know partly why that's true, and it makes me more certain than ever that I won't visit TJ again. (It has been 10 to 15 years since I was there.) The TJ boosters in SD County--and there are many of them--keep trying to convince potential visitors to go there with claims of how it is a "clean" and "modern" city. Uh, huh. Crazy bus, taxi and van drivers don't go with a city that wants to polish its image with tourists. I know there are visitors to TJ who would be disappointed if the city didn't have its dark side, and crazy traffic is part of that. But they are in a minority, and add in the murder rate there, it's a wonder anyone visits.

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SalULloyd April 17, 2019 @ 2:44 p.m.

Vis-duh, many tourists would WALK downtown back when there was only a pedwest (the old pedestrian entry) which was for HOW LONG??? Others would take the old red bus that would drive you over the border. The new remodeling on the US side makes everything more . . . difficult.

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SalULloyd April 17, 2019 @ 2:46 p.m.

Isn't that a walking stereotype for a Tijuana taxi driver in the photo: fat, slovenly, and no doubt listening to his stupid "banda" music (?) at full volume.

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MURPHYJUNK April 18, 2019 @ 7:22 a.m.

that would explain why most of the taxi there have warn out shocks

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