Today’s Headlines

  • Yellow Cab Lobby Protests Bloomberg’s Plan to Let Livery Cabs Pick Up Street Hails (NYT)
  • Taxi Workers Group Splinters Off From Opposition, Endorses Bloomberg Plan (DNAinfo, NY1)
  • Schumer: Use Unspent ARC Funds to Finish East-Side Access Mega-Project (Transpo Nation)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Who Put Mayoral Staffer in Coma Could Face Four Years (News)
  • The GOP Attempt to Defund Northeast Rail That No One’s Talking About (MTR)
  • Ben Kabak Games Out the Future of DOT’s Better-Buses-to-LaGuardia Project
  • Whom Do You Believe: Alleged Parking Agent Harasser Dan Halloran, or the Agent He Defamed? (News)
  • Placard Abuse Hotspot: NYPD and DOT Offices in LIC (News)
  • Milestone Out West: SF Resident Reclaims Curb Lane in Front of His House (Streetsblog SF)
  • Attention Park Slope Parents and Other Humans: Beware Child-Impaling Bumper Guards (FiPS)

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  • > Whom Do You Believe: Alleged Parking Agent Harasser Dan Halloran, or the Agent He Defamed? 

    Ugh. Couple of jerks, perfect pair, those two. 

  • Ty

    What livery cab in Brooklyn wouldn’t pick up a street hail?  I have a feeling this plan will go nowhere, but it does continue to hammer in the message, “Hey Yellow Cabs, you can perhaps do more than just *park* in the outer boroughs!”

  • krstrois

    That Scion with the spikes really says it all, doesn’t it?  

  • J:Lai

    yellow cab drivers with higher fixed costs focus almost exclusively on the high-density and wealthier areas because it is not economically feasible for them to cruise around other areas (yes, there are secondary issues with racism, but the economics explains most of this behavior.)

    Allowing livery cabsto pick up street hails in the boroughs doesn’t impact yellow cab business much, EXCEPT if it becomes a backdoor methods for livery cabs to operate as street-hail cabs in Manhattan at will.  Then, it seriously devalues the medallion.

    It seems to me that a decent compromise solution would be to establish taxi-stands throughout the five boroughs along major commercial streets.  Any cab, livery or yellow, would be permitted to pick up passengers at these locations.  Only medallion yellow cabs could pick up street hails elsewhere. 

  • Driver

    Maybe the spikes are just supposed to look “cool” (it’s effing corny).  How do we know they are not foam or soft plastic/bendable?

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