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Safe City taxi ranks

The Safe City taxi rank scheme aims to address concerns about getting home safely late at night.

Managed by the City of Melbourne, the ranks provide a safer environment for passengers waiting for a taxi and for taxi drivers waiting for passengers. Each rank is staffed by a security officer in a distinct uniform, is monitored by security cameras, and has additional lighting and clear signage.

Queen Street mega taxi rank

The Queen Street mega taxi rank is located between Little Collins Street and Bourke Street, in the heart of the city's nightclub precinct.

This rank provides traffic marshalls to assist taxi drivers, and a food and beverage service provided by the Salvation Army.

Queen Street mega taxi rank operating times

  • from midnight Friday to 5am Saturday
  • from midnight Saturday to 5am Sunday

Other Safe City taxi rank locations

  • Flinders Street Station, at Swanston Street
  • 190 Bourke Street, near Russell Street
  • 8 King Street

Other Safe City taxi rank operating times

  • from 11pm Friday to 5am Saturday
  • from 11pm Saturday to 5am Sunday
  • during special events as the need arises, such as New Year’s Eve.

New cameras and emergency intercoms

The City of Melbourne received a grant from the Australian Government of $200,000 to install new cameras and emergency intercoms at taxi ranks in 2014/15.

Three new CCTV cameras have been installed at:

  • Olympic Boulevard (Melbourne Park)
  • St Kilda Road (Arts Centre)

Three new emergency intercoms have been installed at:

  • Queen Street (Mega Taxi Rank)
  • King Street (Safe City Taxi Rank)
  • Olympic Boulevard (Melbourne Park)

When pushed, the emergency intercom buttons connect to the CCTV control room and capture images of the person who pressed the button.

Security officer at Safe City taxi rank