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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Green Taxi Spotting

Monday, November 18, 2013

We're taking your calls about the outer-boro (aka GREEN) taxis. Are you seeing them? Are they helping fill a transportation need in your neighborhood? Call in and say where you've seen them and where you would like to see them more often.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Outer Borough Taxi Explained

Friday, June 14, 2013

We know you're wondering. Kate Hinds, reporter for Transportation Nation, discusses the new outer borough taxi plan and answers the basic questions: how does it work, who can ride, and who can drive? Cabbies, Livery Drivers, Passengers: What do you want to know about the new plan? Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Syria; Cory Booker; Christine Quinn; New Taxis; Innovative Cities

Friday, June 14, 2013

What comes next now that the chemical weapons "red line" has been crossed in Syria. Also: Newark Mayor Cory Booker makes his case for the open senate seat in New Jersey. Plus: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her campaign to be the next mayor of New York City; author and architect William McDonough explains what it means to upcycle; Transportation Nation reporter Kate Hinds answers basic questions on the new outer-borough taxis rolling out later this summer; and Bruce Katz, founder of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and author of a new book, discusses how cities are on the forefront of civic innovation. 

Transportation Nation

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

Monday, April 30, 2012

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.

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