At midnight, New York taxi customers will again ride solo

New York City taxis. (Gary Burke, via flickr)
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In one small sign that New York City is returning to normal, starting at midnight, New York City taxi customers will again ride solo.

Last week, when the the severity of Hurricane Sandy's impact on mass transit was becoming clear, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's taxi commissioner instituted "emergency measures" designed to help New Yorkers navigate the city.

Cab drivers were allowed to pick up multiple passengers, with the original passengers paying the metered fare, and the additional passenger negotiating a price with the driver.

And livery car drivers were allowed to pick up street hails.

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As of midnight tonight, those emergency measures will be discontinued thanks to the "the substantial restoration of citywide MTA bus and subway service."