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Taxi Strike

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

This morning thousands of taxi drivers in New York City began a two day strike. Biju Matthew of the Organizing Committee of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, and Pete Donohue, transit reporter for The Daily News, assess the extent of the strike and how New Yorkers are coping.

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Comments [11]

Waldo from Chelsea

I travelled over a good part of Manhattan yesterday (on foot and by bus) -- I was struck by how quiet the city was, even at 34th St. & 7th Ave. Few taxis = NO horns. My apartment is quiet today, no horns. I hope the taxi strike lasts forever.

Sep. 06 2007 12:16 PM
smidely

As a passenger I am appalled that my cabbies are losing the right to lurk around the city in anonymity.

Sep. 06 2007 07:36 AM
francyne from NYC

What is the link between cabs' location and terrorism? Unless I've seriously missed something on the news we haven't had a hit by cab driver suicide bombers?

If the proposed GPS system was one that gave directions, I'd be all for it. What does it matter where the cab driver is otherwise? If he/she wants to skive off having a long lunch or whatever, isn't just
his/her monetary loss?

Sep. 05 2007 05:07 PM
Trevor from LIC

But when will be able to have Sony Playstation 3 in our cabs? Isn't this the real question we should be asking ourselves?

Sep. 05 2007 10:24 AM
angelo from nyc

GPS technology is an absolute must in the fight against terrorism. So installing this feature in cabs is long overdue. As far as the fear of some drivers to be e-tracked, what are they afraid of? Or may be the two are linked in some way?

Sep. 05 2007 10:23 AM
hjs from 11211

I can't remember the last time I was in a cab (other than from the airport) cabs are for rich people raise the fairs!!

who cares about this strike!

Sep. 05 2007 10:23 AM
Miss Lee from LIC

Looking out my window at a taxi garage across the street, I can confirm that there are two dozen cabs sitting on the lot (21 St & 33 Rd in LIC) at 10:15am.

Also, regarding the first comment on GPS, the taxi drivers have explained that the system the city wants to install only tracks the cab. If a driver wants a GPS system for directions, that is a different system that the drivers would have to install at additional cost.

Sep. 05 2007 10:21 AM
SuzanneF from Live in Manhattan / Work in NJ

From what I've heard, the GPS system is only for positioning -- to locate the cab. It is not a mapping system or to provide directions.
So having it will not make it easier for the cab driver to find a route from point A to point B.

Sep. 05 2007 10:21 AM
Miss from Midtown

The strike won't affect New Yorkers. Gypsy cabs!

Sep. 05 2007 10:12 AM
john from upper west side

whats happening to democracy and free enterprise.

If the large owners who can afford the cost of expensive technology and support it want this technology let them installit in their vehicles. The drivers will be inconvienced. Small independents cannnot afford this expense and inconvience of accomidating credit cards. Supply and demand will direct markets as it should even in the taxi business. This system will not come cheap for the little guy and he will probably be forced out of business.to

Sep. 05 2007 10:12 AM
Brie

I'm sorry, I've been in bus lanes at JFK with the meter running while the taxi driver looked on a map to find my neighborhood in Brooklyn. That's one instance where I would've been grateful for GPS. I'm pro-GPS, get me home!

Sep. 05 2007 10:09 AM

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