Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
Street Hails: If NYC Mayor Has His Way, They Wouldn't Be Just For Manhattan Anymore
Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:56 PM
Legislation introduced in Albany over the weekend would allow New York City residents in the outer boroughs and Upper Manhattan to legally hail a livery cab.
Currently the "street hail" is the sole legal purview of yellow cabs.
The bill would authorize the sale of 30,000 "hail privilege permits" to livery cab operators and permit the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission to sell up to 1,500 new yellow cab medallions at $1,500 each.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has wanted to extend on-street cab pickups to the outer boroughs for some time now, but his earlier plan met with strong resistance from yellow cab drivers and the New York City Council. Yellow cab operators --some of whom paid six figures to purchase a medallion -- are no happier with this iteration of the plan, and protest plis taking ace at City Hall this afternoon. (UPDATE: photo from the protest below.)