Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
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.
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