De Blasio Wants to Revisit Green Cabs — But Why?

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 04:00 AM

Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio said he wants to go "back to the drawing board" when it comes to outer borough taxis. But why? And what would this plan entail?

De Blasio is offering few details on why he wants to halt the green cab program.  The city's on track to sign up 6000 drivers this year. It's popular with drivers like Victor Alvarez, who says the permit number makes his riders "feel safe." A second driver says passengers like having a meter. 

De Blasio counts yellow taxi medallion owners among his biggest backers.  

So far, he isn't answering questions about what would happen to already signed-up green cab drivers, or how the city would replace the hundreds of millions in revenue generated by the sale of green car licenses. 


Listen to Brigid Bergin's report by clicking the audio player.



Comments [6]

Asim from Brooklyn

I love green cab
Thanks for it

Feb. 02 2014 06:56 AM
Jack from Brooklyn

The green cabs are a blessing to nyc . The only choice outside of manhattan were gypsy cabs which appeared unsafe . As a potential fare exiting a subway I was always approached by gypsy cabs . I never took one because how can I trust a driver who is breaking the law . The yellow cabs gave away the golden goose by not paying attention to the rest of the city . Mayor bloomberg has created an industry based on need . The green cabs enhance nyc and need to stay .

Dec. 26 2013 11:01 PM
Carol Lawrence from Manhattan NYC

The green cabs are a miracle. We travel from Manhattan to South Ozone Park, Queens, because one of my son's best friend's lives there. The subway trip alone is over an hour. The bus, required after the subway, is . . . periodic. And is itself another 30 minutes, after it finally arrives. The alternative - a gypsy cab. Which means a stranger, invariably a man, popping out of a strange car, approaching you on a busy street corner, just because you look lost. I've done it many times, and it's always a bit nerve-racking and scary.

The green cabs have changed it all. They reliably appear at the subway station. The rate is set, and no negotiation is needed. And it's very comforting to enter a car with my young son and feel certain that it is actually a cab, and not a ruse.

We have never seen a yellow cab in South Ozone Park. The green cabs pose no apparent economic threat to the yellow cab companies. Mayor-Elect de Blasio's "re-thinking" about the green cabs (after receiving substantial financial support from the yellow cab companies) is just a bitter shame.

Nov. 13 2013 04:04 PM
Chris from NYC

They are allowed to pick up in Northern Manhattan. As soon as yellow cabs don't refuse to take you to an outer borough or don't refuse to pick up people of color, then we can talk.

It's disturbing he's making a policy decision to protect wealthy medallion owners (usually large companies who lease them) just because they give him money. That was a benefit of pay for play.

Oct. 29 2013 10:00 AM

Michael Katz - stop it! The yellow cab industry is notoriously corrupt. The fact they support Deblasio says a lot.

Oct. 28 2013 08:46 PM
Michael Katz from Woodside

Is it fair for NYC to sell a yellow taxi medallion for $1 million dollars and not to provide protection for their sole right to answer street hails?Bloomberg is very vindictive and has already threatened to kill yellow medallions and in fact has admitted he has used taxi industry to balance his budget--the two new green car drivers interviewed are happy because they are now illegally picking up in Manhattan as well so what benefits does a yellow medallion owner have any more? TLC has not enough manpower to patrol these green taxis--just a money grab, thats all with no concern for yellow medallion owners!

Oct. 28 2013 02:57 PM

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