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Meet the New Taxi Commish

Monday, July 21, 2014

Taxis pass Washington Square Park on a sunny day in late April. Taxis pass Washington Square Park on a sunny day in late April. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

The NYC taxi landscape is changing drastically, with green cabs, Uber, and (possibly) Lyft all arriving in the last year or so. We discuss the future of NYC livery with new commissioner Meera Joshi.

Guests:

Meera Joshi

Comments [4]

Jim from NYC

P.S. Forgot to mention the enormous cost of the decreased gas mileage to current hybrid drivers.

Jul. 23 2014 09:06 AM
Jim from NYC

I don't think it's been mentioned that the now-mandated Nissan taxi gets less than half the MPG of most hybrid cabs (of which there are many currently in use). Bloomberg didn't get his way when he tried to force drivers/fleets to buy hybrids. His 'solution' is to force them to buy a midsized cargo van with comparatively dismal fuel efficiency. Pretty amazing from a guy who implemented a million tree initiative in NYC. I'm guessing that was rendered completely useless with the Nissan mandate.

Jul. 23 2014 09:02 AM
Michael Huarachi from Hells Kitchen

It's great that this segment is taking up a lot of time on a radio program. SIKE!

In a city with over 50% below the federal poverty level, and the HIGHEST income gap in the nation...we're talking about a service available to the few who can afford it, and people dumb and careless enough to be okay with adding to the carbon emissions in an already decaying world.

Thanks for catering to the 1% Brian! Always can count on you.

Jul. 21 2014 11:16 AM
Niels T Koizumi from Brooklyn

can you please ask the commish what can be done about cabs that refuse to pull over to open curbs (for pick up and drop off) and regularly just stop in the middle of traffic.

i am a driver and estimate this to be the largest cause of traffic congestion in NYC.

Jul. 21 2014 11:15 AM

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