OMG! It's Green! New Yorkers React to New Cab Color

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 10:23 AM

The city's new outer-boro street hails, inspired by the color of Granny Smith apples (photo: Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

(New York, NY -- Brigid Bergin, WNYC) Move over, Granny Smith. Apple green taxis are coming to an outer borough near you.

That's the official color the city selected for the new boro Taxis. Cars this shade of green, a color WNYC reported was on the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s short list, are scheduled to bring taxi service to Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx and northern Manhattan starting this summer.

Taiwo Whetstone, 30, gasped at the green hue. “Oh, my! That's really bright. Bright green. I mean it seems like the Brooklyn version of a taxi cab,” suggested Whetstone who lives in Clinton Hill.

But she liked the idea of it and said it would make her feel better about hailing a cab, “Coming from Brooklyn, you know, that’s kind of nice to have taxi cabs that are that obvious.”

Looking at a picture of the new cab color, Andrew Lis, 38, and his 7-year-old daughter Josie gave it a luke-warm reception.

“It's ok. It doesn't look like a cab,” said Lis as his daughter Josie chimed in, “It looks booger-colored.”


Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined TLC Commissioner David Yassky and other elected officials for the big reveal on Sunday in City Hall Plaza. The mayor called the vibrant shade “attractive” and “distinctive” adding, “It’s easy on the eyes and easy to pick out from a distance in traffic and that's going to help customers.”

“I think that green matches the leafier nature of the boroughs, as opposed the office towers of midtown,” said Yassky.

The TLC plans to issue 18,000 permits that will allow livery vehicles to legally pick up street hails, a practice that is currently illegal and subject to tickets and fines through TLC enforcement agents.

Yassky said the city has a “zero tolerance policy” on illegal street hails with 36,000 tickets issued in fiscal year 2012.

Under the new plan, current livery drivers will be eligible to apply for the $1,500 boro taxi permit on a first-come, first-serve basis starting Tuesday May 29. In June, the city will issue the first 6,000 permits, with two subsequent waves to follow.

A group of yellow cab owners have filed a suit to block the plan. That lawsuit is still pending.


Comments [2]

wael mohamed from astoria

lit's say that will be make the yellow cab driver more suffering and life mor hard..special after the city bic bad

Jun. 23 2013 02:10 AM

This experiment is dead on arrival, because of all the additional overhead involved, it's not economically sustainable.

I can't stress this enough, the scope of the TLC, should be limited to getting illegal gypsy drivers, instead of generating revenue for the city by harassing legitimate livery drivers via fines; so that city can close there budget issues on the backs of drivers.

STREET HAILS ARE OBSELETE WITH CURRENT TECHNOLOGY, a livery taxi can be requested throughout the 5 boroughs by phone, mobile app, or through a website. At the convenience of any location, be it home, job, lobby, club, etc; there is no need to be hailing anything in bad weather.
Now if the riding public can’t make a simple call or use a mobile app to request transportation services, then we are all doomed.

Furthermore, this plan is not thought out at all. The TLC basically instituting these rules/laws first and then worrying how it will work later. This is going to set off a chain reaction of bad effects that will hurt many people.

The problem with this plan starts from the very beginning in comparing Manhattan to the Outer Boroughs. In Manhattan, you have residential areas mixed in with commercial, cabs literally cruise past your home, you also have huge amounts of tourists & everyday business people using cabs. This is not how life is or works in the outer boroughs.

Also the TLC is forcing all "Ambulette Vans" to get the permit so it can count towards the percentage of "Handicap" accessible vehicles; these vans don't cruise the streets looking for street hails, it's not their job. Trying to pull a fast one over on the handicap because you are trying to make this law work; once again, more proof that this wasn't well thought out.

To sum it up... bad plan, bad timing, and ultimately... bad results.

Apr. 30 2012 02:55 PM

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