Taxis have taken over the core, and downtown dwellers say public parking spots are being swallowed up.

City traffic manager Troy McLeod said he‘s aware of more taxis using downtown parking spaces since Associated Cabs was awarded the airport contract.

“Anecdotally we have noticed a higher presence of taxis downtown, and that could be due to displacement, but also tourism season is here and (there is) a higher demand,” McLeod said.

In the meantime, five or six new taxi stands could be built to ease congestion by mid-July, but McLeod said there are no rules against cabbies taking up parking spaces.

“They pay for their time, just like everyone else.”

The Calgary Parking Authority says it has been receiving a greater number of complaints about taxis waiting in Park-Plus spaces.