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Here's the New NYC Taxi Logo

Thursday, August 23, 2012

T is for (new) Taxis in New York City. (Photo by Caitlyn Kim)

New York city is giving taxis a new look. There's the taxi of tomorrow set to roll out next year, but even the motley mix of sedans and SUVs out there now are getting a new paint job. And when they do, the city's yellow cabs come back more yellow  and as this picture captures, with a new logo, fewer words, and more to the point. JFK airport gets a mention right on the door.

Here's a side-by-side comparison. (Or, top-by-bottom comparison?)

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BREAKING: Fireworks at Taxi Vote on 5-Borough Taxi Plan

Thursday, April 19, 2012

It's been a raucous morning at the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission, which is voting on new rules for outer-borough livery drivers, the last major hurdle before the city can start issuing new licenses so livery drivers can pick up street hails outside of Manhattan.

WNYC's Kathleeen Horan @KathleenHoran has been tweeting out all morning. The yellow cab industry is in a tizzy about this -- yesterday it filed a suit to block the plan, and as Kathleen tweets "one of the city's yellow fleet owners calls the plan 'biggest taking of property ever by NYC' and says there's $5 billion in medallion loans on the line."

She also tells us following a shouting outburst "2 are escorted outside for shouting."

We'll have more later as the hearing, and vote develop.


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NYC Taxi Industry Squirms At Prospect of New Rules

Thursday, March 22, 2012

(New York,  NY - Kathleen Horan, WNYC) The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is holding hearings about proposed rule changes in the taxi industry that would allow the city to sell street hail permits beginning in June.

The commission is expected to vote on the new rules next month and that’s making many in the taxi world tense. TLC ‘s hearing room in Lower Manhattan was packed with industry players lining up for a chance to weigh in.

Yellow medallion fleet owners, who’ve had the exclusive right to street hails, took issue with the TLC’s proposed enforcement plan. Richard Emery with the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade said there is already a problem of illegal poaching within the industry. “Now the law and these rules seek to add up to 18,000 livery hail licenses that will compound, not alleviate, the poaching scourge.” Emery urged the TLC to seize vehicles that don’t honor the prescribed boundaries.

Several livery car company owners said they were concerned that the rules would penalize them with fines or point penalties when a new driver breaks the law. “The base would be held responsible for an action the base cannot control or be privy to or have no ability to stop in the future”, said Tarek Mallah, General Manager with Dial 7 Car Service.

Others within the industry said they were confused about how this new class of for hire vehicle will operate and potentially change how they do business. Denise Mariott Pierce, owner of Transportation Unlimited Car Service in Brooklyn, said she was still weighing her options about whether to opt in or not. She came to the meeting seeking answers about how she’d keep track of a  required surcharge and how she’d reimburse drivers for credit card transactions. She was also concerned about changed the system during an uncertain time. “This isn’t a really good economy—the timing on this isn’t the best,” Pierce said.

TLC Commissioner David Yassky said the commission was seriously considering all testimony and would amend the rules as necessary.He said the TLC would do more outreach by sending out 60,000 information packets to licensees-- since several information sessions about the rule changes have been poorly attended.

But David Pollock, Executive Director for the Committee for Taxi Safety, a group that handles leasing for yellow taxi medallions, said the TLC had a tough job ahead. “Every segment of the industry is fearful about these new rules," he said. "The TLC needs to work with all parts of the industry to make sure one segment is not destroyed in the process.”


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Bloomberg Still Optimistic About Taxi Bill

Thursday, December 08, 2011


Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he Friday he remains optimistic Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign a bill that would put $1 billion in the city's coffers and allow street hails of some livery cabs in residential areas.



Clock Ticking Down For Bloomberg Administration's Taxi Plan

Monday, December 05, 2011


The clock is ticking on legislation that the Bloomberg administration promised would improve taxi service in the five boroughs and generate city revenue.

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City's Taxi Legislation Hitting Road Blocks in the State Senate

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


The city's so-called 5 Borough Taxi Plan that would legalize street hails throughout the city may have to undergo some serious re-working in order to pass the state Senate, according to Senator Martin Golden's chief of staff, Gerry Kassar.

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Just How Do Livery Cabs Make Money?

Thursday, May 05, 2011

NYC Livery Cab (Photo: Ilya Marritz/WNYC)

(New York, NY -- Ilya Marritz, WNYC) It's a quirky New York phenomenon -- there's the yellow cab world, which (unlike many cities around the world) can be hailed on the street most places in Manhattan and in small pockets of the outer boroughs, like Brooklyn Heights, a tony neighborhood just across the Brooklyn Bridge.

But then there's the world of livery cabs -- on call services, patronized by many New Yorkers who are too poor (or can't be bothered) to own a car.  New York has the lowest car ownership rates of any large city in the country.

And livery cabs tend to be run by groups of aspiring immigrants, many of them from South or Central America.

But when it comes to catching a cab, New Yorkers living outside of Manhattan often have a tough time. This year, New York Mayor  City Bloomberg proposed to allow car services, also known as liveries, to make curbside pickups. But there’s a catch – they’d have to install meters.

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Trip Refusals May Soon Cost Cabbies a Lot More

Thursday, February 24, 2011


The Taxi and Limousine Commission said the age-old problem of drivers rejecting rides to various destinations is getting worse. The city is seeking to seriously stiffen fines for cabbies who refuse outer borough destinations after passenger complaints about trip refusals skyrocketed 38 percent.


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TN Moving Stories: ARC Repayment Deadline Absolutely, Positively Jan. 25th; NJ Gov. Christie to NY Sen. Schumer: Mind Your Manners

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

NJ Governor Chris Christie says when it comes to voicing opinions about the ARC tunnel, NY Senator Charles Schumer should "mind his manners on the other side of the Hudson River."

Meanwhile, New Jersey's third--and final--deadline to repay the federal government $271 in unused ARC tunnel money is January 25th. (

Amtrak passenger rail service will be restored to downtown St. Paul when the $243 million renovation of the Union Depot is complete next year. (Minnesota Public Radio)

San Francisco Muni employees will lose their free parking perk--and agency officials have vowed to crack down on their staff who park illegally on the street and sidewalks around their job sites (San Francisco Chronicle). But exactly when this will happen is unclear.

In his State of the City speech today, Mayor Bloomberg will roll out a proposal to change taxi rules to make it possible to hail a new category of livery cab anywhere in the outer boroughs. (WNYC)

Mismanagement in the Washington State Department of Transportation caused a “gross waste of public funds,” costing the state $42.5 million in cost overruns. (The News Tribune)

The Federal Transit Administration on Tuesday cleared the way for Oahu to begin construction on a $5.5 elevated rail transit system. (KITV)

One side benefit of China's epic traffic jams: enterprising village residents sell food to stranded travelers at a markup. (New York Times)

Ray LaHood says that "the number of laser strikes on airplanes in 2010 nearly doubled from the previous year to more than 2,800. This is the highest number of incidents since we first began keeping track in 2005."

A new British study found public transit riders are six times more likely to suffer from acute respiratory infections, and occasional riders are most at risk.  (New York Daily News)

Which cars cost the most to insure? Rule of thumb: "Any vehicle that would cause a teenage boy to stop and gawk." (MSN Money)

Minneapolis' Caribou Coffee redesigned bus shelters to look like ovens as part of an ad campaign to promote their new breakfast sandwich. Yes, that heating element is real. (

Why are thieves swiping catalytic converters from vehicles--which happened this week at an auto dealership in Wayne, New Jersey? 1) The pollution-reduction devices contain platinum and palladium, and 2) they're relatively easy to steal.  (The Star-Ledger, KRDO)

Top Transportation Nation stories that we’re following:  NY Senator Schumer and NJ Governor Christie are trading rhetorical blows over the ARC tunnel. Also: House Transportation Committee chair John Mica says the next transportation authorization bill needs "alternate means of financing," and Montana legislators continue to wrestle with that state's DUI problem.

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