Literally meaning "quick quick", these vehicles for hire are privately owned and ornately decorated. They follow fixed routes, won't leave until filled with passengers, and their passengers can disembark at any point in the journey.
Visitors to Haiti are warned by the US and Canadian governments not to travel in tap taps, as doing so is unsafe.
Often painted with religious names or slogans, the tap tap is known for its lavish decoration, and many feature wild colors, portraits of famous people, and intricate, hand-cut wooden window covers.
Routes and stations are mapped by grassroots volunteers, thanks to the Wikipedia-like global community-mapping project OpenStreetMap. Likewise far East of Port-au-Prince, Santa Domingo has a beautiful public transit map showing major routes.
Many developed countries inform their citizens to not take tap taps when visiting Haiti.
- Haiti's 'Tap Tap' Bus Art Flourishes After Quake PBS Newshour, March 30, 2010
- Haiti: Tap-taps traveladventures.org
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- Tap-tap, fula-fula, kia-kia: The Haitian bus in Atlantic perspective. Thompson, Robert Farris. African Arts. Los Angeles: Spring 1996. Vol. 29, Iss. 2; p. 36
- My Haiti Picture for today : Tap-Tap katianovetsaintlot.blogspot.com, February 9, 2010
- TRAVEL REPORT Haiti: 9. Travel and Currency Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Official Site
- Travel Warning: Haiti US Department of State Official Site, January 20, 2011
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