Oh La La! Taxi Drivers Strip Down for a Good Cause

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ali_march-0Looking for a unique gift to give your NYC dwelling friend this holiday season? If you want to send a laugh, look no further than The 2017 NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar. Yep, that’s right, firemen move over, the taxi cab drivers are baring all and ready for their close up.

In all seriousness, this calendar was made for a good cause! A portion of all proceeds will be donated to University Settlement, a settlement house that serves over 30,000 immigrants, working individuals, and families every year with services like education, housing, wellness opportunities, and literacy programs.

The calendar is available now for purchase for $14.99.


Yellow Cabs Disappearing in NYC

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taxi graveyardHave you been in NYC lately? Have you noticed a difference in the types of cars transporting people around? According to a video by Interrobang, the yellow cab is disappearing in New York City and is becoming dominated by rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft.

In Brooklyn, you can see the “graveyard” of yellow cabs parked along the side of the streets. Many of these cabs are full of drivers sitting on the side of the road waiting for people who are looking for a ride. The price of medallions issued in the city has also been in a steady decline in the past few years.

The number of taxi medallions in NYC was 13,587, and since 2013 the value of the medallion has also been in decline since it reached its high point of over 1 million dollars in 2013. The number of Ubers has now surpassed that of yellow cabs in NYC. Some people find the technology of Uber to be more convenient and easier for them to use.

For other people, however, yellow taxis remain their first choice for transportation, and the yellow cab medallion is not dead yet. As Uber expands to highly technological adaptations such as self-driving vehicles, taxi medallion owners will just have to adapt and change to adhere to the current trends in the industry in order to stay alive.

What is your opinion on taxis versus Ubers in New York City? Or anywhere, for that matter? Is the taxi medallion dead? Let us know what you think!

New York City – Tips for Taking a Taxi

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Hailing a Cab in NYC

NYC, the birthplace of bright, bustling yellow taxi cabs! With over 10,000 yellow cabs servicing the city, residents and visitors alike find taxis to be a quick and easy means of transportation across Manhattan. While it may be a bit scary for a visitor to flag or hail one of these beautiful taxis off the street, it is actually a fairly simple process. Stand by the edge of the sidewalk facing the oncoming traffic, preferably near an intersection, then just stick out your arm and pretend you’re the Statue of Liberty! With any luck a taxi will pull over to you within seconds. It is also important to remember that when the numbers on the roof of the cab are lit, the cab is available. Use the below bullet points to learn and remember when a cab is available, off duty, or already has a fare.

  • When just the center is lit, highlighting the medallion number, the cab is available.
  • When the medallion number, as well as the side lamps are lit, the cab is off-duty.
  • When no lights are lit, the cab already has a fare they are bringing to a destination


Rates (The below information is taken from NYC.gov)

The rates in NYC are as follows, $2.50 flag drop plus 50 cents per 1/5 mile or 50 cents per 60 seconds in slow traffic or when the vehicle is stopped. In moving traffic on Manhattan streets, the meter should “click” approximately every four downtown blocks, or one block going cross-town (East-West). There also is a flat rate from JFK to Manhattan for $52, keep in mind for this flat rate there is no night surcharge and the meter does not need to be run. It is also important to understand that the above rates are only for trips within city limits, once a taxi takes you beyond city limits, the meter rate will double!

Surcharges and Extras

  • There is a 50-cent MTA State Surcharge for all trips that end in New York City or Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange or Putnam Counties.
  • There is a 30-cent Improvement Surcharge.
  • There is a daily 50-cent surcharge from 8pm to 6am.
  • There is a $1 surcharge from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays, excluding holidays.
  • Passengers must pay all bridge and tunnel tolls.
  • There are no charges for extra passengers or bags.
  • Add $17.50 on trips from Manhattan to Newark Airport.



Do taxis take credit cards?

  • Yes, drivers accept credit/debit cards for all fares; there are no minimums or fees to use your credit/debit card. The driver is not required to accept bills over $20.

Do I have to sign the receipt?

  • Customers only need to sign the receipt when the total is $25.00 and over.

How many people can fit in a standard cab?

  • Four riders — 3 in the backseat, 1 in the front seat.

Can a cab make multiple stops for one group of passengers?

  • Riders can request the driver to make multiple stops in a single cab ride, there is no limit to the number of stops you can request. The meter will continue to run throughout the trip and payment will be required at the end of the trip.

I feel uncomfortable hailing a cab from the street, what should I do?

  • Most hotels in the city have doormen that would be more than happy to hail a cab for you! Simply walk up and ask if they would be willing to get you a cab. As a kind gesture you may want to tip the doorman a dollar or two.


Airport to City Center

There are three main airports that service the NYC area; JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia. We have broken out the details by airport below.


Located in Queens, John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) is about fifteen miles from midtown Manhattan. There is a flat rate of $52 (plus tolls) for trips from JFK to Manhattan. Taxi stands are easily accessible and can be found outside every terminal. When you return to JFK from Manhattan, taxis will charge you the metered rate, plus any applicable tolls.


Located in New Jersey, Newark Airport is 16 miles from midtown Manhattan. Taxis from Newark airport to Manhattan are typically between $60 -$75. There are taxi stands located outside of every terminal making it easy to take a taxi from Newark. When you are returning to Newark airport from the city there will be a $17.50 surcharge.


LaGuardia Airport (LGA), is also located in Queens (on the Grand Central Parkway). Taxis from LaGuardia into NYC take anywhere from 20-40 minutes. A taxi will typically cost between $15-$25 not including bridge tolls (these are an additional 3 dollars). Taxi stands are located outside each terminal for safe transportation.



In case of a dispute or to report lost property, call the TLC at the following number: (212) 692-8294. Make sure to always get a receipt and to write down the cabs medallion number!



Did You Know…New York City Taxi Edition

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New York City is known for it’s iconic yellow cabs that dominate the city streets and every scenic view. Yellow taxis have become synonymous with the city and even define the nonstop hustle and bustle of the big apple. We’ve compiled notable facts, figures, and historical tidbits to celebrate the taxi-driven culture of New York City.

There are over 13,437 medallions, the right to run a yellow taxi, in New York City.

There are over 50,000 taxi drivers in New York City.

A typical driver shift is 9.5 hours.

The average number of rides per shift is 30.

The average number of miles driven in a shift is 180.

The average fare is about $6.

The average trip distance is 2.6 miles.

About 99% of all trips are less than 12 miles.

About 20% of all trips are less than 1 mile.

There are over 485,000 taxi trips made per day.

There are over 175 million taxi trips per year.

A typical taxi travels 70,000 miles per year.

Over 600,000 people ride in taxis everyday.

Over 236 million people ride in taxis every year.

The average age of a taxi vehicle is 3.3 years.

Average daily taxi usage is highest in the spring months.

Average daily taxi usage is lowest during the summer months.

Friday December 11, 2009 is the day with the most taxicabs trips between 2008 and 2013.

Taxi usage always dips significantly on major holidays.

About 90% of taxi pickups in New York City occur in Manhattan.

The average tip given to a taxi driver is 18%.

About 1% of taxi drivers in New York City are female.

Each yellow taxi goes through a rigorous inspection process 3 times per year.

Cabs have 18 different sensors, these are all reviewed during the inspection process.

Medallions can be as expensive as $1,200,000.

Over 2/3 of taxi passengers are 35 or under in age.

A cab gets its name from its predecessor, the horse-driven carriage called the cabriolet.

In 1967 all medallion taxicabs in New York City were painted yellow by order of the city.

In 1925 the first woman became a taxi driver in New York City.

There is presently a $200 penalty for taxicab drivers found using their cell phones while operating their vehicles.

TaxiFareFinder used the following resources to compile these taxicab facts and figures:

2014 Taxicab Fact Book & PBS Taxi Facts & Figures