taxi of tomorrow
A judge yesterday declared Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Taxi of Tomorrow project "void," casting yet more doubt on his ability to achieve an overhaul of the city's taxi fleet by year's end, when his term expires.
Seeking to neutralize criticism of its combustion-engine Taxi of Tomorrow program, the city on Monday announced that it was launchign an electric-taxi pilot program.(1)
Taxi drivers will no longer have to give up their hybrid cabs in exchange for combustion-engine Taxis of Tomorrow, according to new rules released today.
A councilman gets his hearing, and a taxi commissioner signals he's warming to wheelchair accessibility
Councilman Oliver Koppell will, after much trying, get his hearing on taxi wheelchair accessibility. The city's taxi commissioner, meanwhile, is sending faint signals that he might be warming up to the idea.
G. Oliver Koppell, a councilman from the Bronx, has invoked a rarely used City Council rule to force a vote on a bill that would require all new taxis to be wheelchair-accessible, but the move might well prove a symbolic one.
During his regular Friday morning radio appearance, Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed comptroller John Liu's bid to block the city's Taxi of Tomorrow contract as irrelevant, and then launched into a separate diatribe about the peculiar structure of the city's taxi industry.
"It is one of the great ripoffs of the public any place I've ever seen," he said, during WOR John Gambling show.
Apart from those who proposed it, designed it, and made it, nearly everyone who testified at a Thursday hearing on the Taxi of Tomorrow had only bad things to say about it.
London is introducing a Nissan taxi to city streets that in most ways closely resembles New York City's "Taxi of Tomorrow": it has a transparent rooftop, rear lights and temperature controls for passengers, sliding doors.
But in one fundamental way the two taxis, both Nissan NV-200s, diverge: In London, all of them will be wheelchair-accessible. In New York, none of them will.
Taxi medallion owners have had a tough year, from their perspective.
First, the Bloomberg administration chose a Taxi of Tomorrow that many of them disliked. Then the city created a whole new class of so-called Borough Taxis that medallion owners, and some taxi drivers, believe will steal business from the regular yellow cabs.
By year's end, tech entrepreneur Jay Bregman will have launched the latest application designed to improve the taxi-riding experience in New York City: Hailo. Like Uber and Taxi Magic before it, Hailo aims to do for car service what Seamless has done for the restaurant delivery business: enable clients and businesses to find each other online.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning unveiled the shareable 'Citi bike.'
This afternoon, Comptroller John Liu said he wouldn't approve the city's Taxi of Tomorrow contract with Nissan because the vehicle is not wheelchair-accessible, an action the Bloomberg administration called, "mysterious," "clearly ill-informed," and also legally suspect.
Shortly after comptroller John Liu said this afternoon that he would reject the city's Taxi of Tomorrow contract as it's now written, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio sent out a reminder that he didn't like the Taxi of Tomorrow first.
Today, at a press conference scheduled for noon, City Comptroller John Liu is expected to announce that he's rejecting the Bloomberg administration's Taxi of Tomorrow contract, erecting yet another possible barrier to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ambitious vision to overhaul New York City's taxi and limousine fleet.(1)
This week, the mayor's ambitious plan to recreate New York City's taxi fleet got hit by another lawsuit, yet made progress toward becoming a reality.
First, New York City Comptroller John Liu finally gave the go-ahead to a taxi dispatch contract that's central to getting the city's new taxi system off the ground. Second, the Taxi and Limousine Commission board approved the rules that will govern a new class of "borough taxis" to service New York City neighborhoods that are generally underserved by yellow cabs.