SPOTLIGHT ON: Taxicabs
By Christine Bruzzese
The first metered taxicabs appeared in New York City in 1907 and by 1913, the city government taxi inspector set the fare at 50 cents per mile. All medallion cabs were painted yellow in 1967. Beginning in June 2012, the new apple green Boro Taxi will enable passengers to hail cabs on the street in the outer boroughs and northern Manhattan. The taxicab is a distinctive element of the New York City streetscape. This article features some resources on taxis that can be found in the City Hall Library.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) issues an Annual Report. This report is mandated by the City Charter. Included are an overview of the taxi industry, accomplishments and events of the past year, statistics, and information on Commission board members.
New York City Taxicab Fact Book, originally issued by the TLC, and later by Schaller Consulting, offers a wealth of information about New York City yellow medallion taxicabs. Some of the topics discussed are: who takes taxicabs and why, ownership, finances, cars utilized and drivers. Many statistical tables and charts enhance the text.
Taxi 07: Roads Forward was prepared by the Design Trust for Public Space in collaboration with the Taxi and Limousine Commission. This study analyzes the current taxi system in New York and explores strategies for improvement in future years.
Additional sources of interest to the researcher include vertical files of newspaper and magazine clippings.
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