Times Square is a valid comparrison. We have some other related problems also. For example we have bike paths, so the few times I take my car, I park outside and bike towards the center.
the Problem with Brits is that while they can figure which side of the street to drive on, they don´t apply it to bikes, so I am always meeting a Brit on my side, I stop, put my feet on the ground
and wait, while they give me attitude. The old part of town is pedestrians only, so I walk my bike there. But Brits also walk on the wrong side also. One day, I am walking on the right, just in from the window shoppers, and
see a British woman heading right for me walking on the wrong side. I stop, ring my bell, but she is not only watching her cell phone, but listening to her ear buds and walks right into my front wheel.
She makes a stink and calls a cop over and reports me walking into her. Fortunately the cop saw the whole thing and chuckling informs her that I was standing still and that she walked into me, and if I had
fallen or my bike had been damaged, she would have gotten a ticket for "hazzardous walking".
As to numbers, my region is 4 islands, population 1 million, of whom 300,000 live in the capital where the cruise ships land. Added to that most tourists say near the beach and shop at the tourist rip off places, that only
extend about 5 blocks inland, so yes, time square, ad 4000 to one side of a city of 300,000 and you have a human traffic jamb.
As to your Arizona example. We have a few solutions, cab companies apply for licenses for their drivers and this involve the company doing a ride along test practical (standard locations) and written (main streets) before the driver´s
license is applied for. Drivers also have to have a CPR and Red Cross first aid certificate. Because I live in the countryside, when I come home late I have to take a cab home as the last bus is 20:30, which means a dead run with
an empty cab back. the charge is not double, so I compensate with a large tip.
Airport and Harbor are not a cab problem with pirates, because only licensed cabs get anywhere near the deboarding passengers. This means the pirates have to park in a distant public parking facilitiy and drum up business,
which is fairly obvious to the real cabbies, when a strangr starts talking to tourists in the cab lines. So the only way they can make money is psyching out tourists on the streets not at cab stations. Of course one can flag down
a cab anywhere one sees them, but pirate cabbies, would get caught if they were driving an unlicensed cab.
In my village, we don´t have a cab or cab stand, so one simply calls the police station and they have some system for locating the nearest available cab. This is because the cabs have airplane type transponders, monitored by their
Under the shut down, any private vehicle on a road is subject to being stopped and asked to justify its being on the road in the first place.
I have some unrelated to virus healh problems, so the day before I am scheduled to visit the hospital, I get a bar coded print out, to show the cop. Comming home say from a distant pharmacy, evidence of need is the dated and timed
receipt from the pharmacy or place visited.
What I find sad as an American is the selfish attitudes of some Americans who feel that there right not to be inconvenienced is more important then solving the virus problem.
As of now, we have been 2 weeks in phase 1 opening (no deaths or new cases in two weeks), and as of Monday we enter phase 2 which means open theatres, restaurants, bars, sports, beaches, parks (still with masks and separation).
the reason we are in such good shape, is no one seems to be fighting the system or pushing the politicians to not depend on the scientists. The day after the shut down started, everyone in my village ws tested and given a mask.
While some countries are there also, America is still not prepared for general testing.
Oops, forgot to add, with in the first week, all health care workers, cops, cabbies, transportation workers, and truck drivers, were tested as they are the most vulnerable, and the most valuable when things break down.
If I was a cabby, I would be nervous just letting any nice old lady into my cab.